The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Omega-3 and the risk of diabetes

    Two new studies are reviewed.

    Singapore Chinese Health Study

    • The analysis included 43,176 Chinese adults (45 to 74 years of age) who were free of chronic disease.
      • Higher intake of total omega-3 fatty acids was associated with a significantly lower incidence of diabetes.
      • Omega-3 from marine sources was not associated with diabetes risk
      • Nonmarine omega-3 intake was significantly associated lower risk of diabetes.
      • Omega-6 and omega-6:omega-3 ratio were not associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes.

    Diabetes in older adults

    • Data in 3088 older men and women (average age: 75 years) from the Cardiovascular Health Study were followed in real time.
      • After controlling for the potential confounding effects of age, gender, race, clinic site, body mass index, alcohol intake, smoking, physical activity, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and linoleic acid, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid were not associated with a higher incidence of diabetes.
      • Individuals with the highest concentrations of both types of fatty acids had lower risk of diabetes.

    The bottom line?

    Based on these results, higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a lower risk of diabetes.

    Others here and here have reported the benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in people with diabetes.

    6/10/11 21:25 JR

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