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Soya beans, nuts may help prevent type 2 diabetes: Study

Linoleic acid was associated with lower risk, while levels of arachidonic acid were not significantly associated with either higher or lower risk of diabetes

IANS  |  Sydney 

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Eating a diet rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, found in bean and seed oils such as soybean and sunflower oils and in nuts, could significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a study has showed.

The findings, published in the journal The Lancet & Endocrinology, showed that individuals who had the highest blood level of -- the major omega-6 fat -- were 35 per cent less likely to develop Type 2 than those who had the least amount.

is not formed in the body and can only be obtained from the diet.

"Our findings suggest that a simple change in diet might protect people from developing type 2 which has reached alarming levels around the world," said lead author Jason Wu, from The George Institute for Global in Sydney

For the study, the team analysed data from 20 studies involving 39,740 adults from 10 countries who were laboratory tested for levels of two key omega-6 markers -- and arachidonic acid.

was associated with lower risk, while levels of arachidonic acid were not significantly associated with either higher or lower risk of

Some previous studies have raised concerns that omega-6 may have negative effects, such as inflammation leading to the increased risk of chronic diseases.

Yet those who had the highest levels of blood omega-6 markers had a much lower chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted.

"Some scientists have theorised that omega-6 is harmful to health," Wu said.

"But based on this study, we have demonstrated little evidence for harms, and indeed found that the major omega-6 fat is linked to lower risk of Type 2 "

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 16:03 IST
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