Tuesday, November 8th 2011
Omega 3 can help to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease especially as people age, Massey University nutrition professor and co-author of a new international study, Bernhard Breier says.
Professor Breier, who leads an international research team say omega -3s are especially beneficial for health in ageing because they improve carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
His research found a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids helps to burn metabolic fuels (glucose and fat) better and can regulate energy storage across different tissues. This is despite genetic factors that predispose some people to gain weight more easily, making them potentially more susceptible to conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
"These findings are important because the ageing process is closely linked with a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome - a clustering of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and obesity" Professor Breier says.
Professor Breier says this study has shown for the first time that the insulin signalling cascade becomes more active with dietary Omega-3 fatty acids.
The research findings coincide with a recent report from the Ministry of Healths 2008-2009 diet and nutrition survey, which showed the obesity epidemic in New Zealand has surged in recent years. It reveals 28% of men are obese, compared with 17% at the time of the last survey in 1997. For women, the rate has increased from 21% to 28%. Among Maori, the survey found that 40.7% of men and 48.1% of women were obese.
Sourced from North Shore Times, Health & Beauty 08 November 2011
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