Foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids, such as nuts and sunflower oil, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 35 percent, the study found.
Previous research has revealed that omega-6 turns into linoleic acid inside the body, which may prevent type 2 diabetes by improving fat metabolism and maintaining insulin sensitivity.
"Our findings on a simple change in diet may protect people from the development of type 2 diabetes that has reached alarming levels around the world," said lead author Jason W. of the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney. .
The researchers analyzed the results of 20 studies from 10 countries between 1970 and 2010, involving approximately 39740 adults aged 49-76 years, none of whom had diabetes symptoms at the beginning of the studies.
The presence of linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, the signs of omega-6 intake, were tested.
The results found that eating a handful of nuts, as well as soybeans and seed oils containing omega-6 per day, can prevent type 2 diabetes, as those who have high levels of linoleic acid are 35% less likely to develop disease Type 2 diabetics suffer from the lowest amounts.
It is worth mentioning that the human body is unable to produce linoleic acid as it gets through food after digesting foods containing omega-6.
In contrast, previous studies suggest that omega-6 may cause some inflammation and can lead to heart disease.
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