Nutrition may prevent diabetes and other diseases

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There is growing evidence that N-3 oils can have a profoundly protective effect in preventing a number of deadly diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, neuro degenerative diseases, and recently, the Metabolic Syndrome.

A new study, soon to be released in the journal of Endocrinology, found that N-3 oils, when added to the diet early in life, seems to turn off the genes responsible for hyperlipidemia (high bad fats in the blood) and hypertension. Using a rate model of human hypertension, researchers fond that if pregnant rats are exposed to dexamethasone (a powerful steroid), their offspring will develop high blood pressure as adults. But, if the mothers are fed increasing amounts of N-3 oils, they do not develop hypertension.

Another interesting study was done using children born with dangerously high blood lipids (familial hypercholesterolemia and familial combined hyperlipidemia), who are known to have a high risk of atherosclerosis early in life. In a double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled study it was found that adding DHA to their diets (1.2 grams a day) significantly improved their blood vessel function, which translates into less hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Increasingly, we are seeing that altering our nutrition can spare us serious diseases later in life, even hereditary diseases. N-3 oils have been shown to reduce significantly the incidence of diabetes in children born to high-risk mothers.

The ability of N-3 oils to do this is based on their capacity to alter a number of genes and their ability to reduce inflammation.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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