Omega 3 Fatty Acids Better Option for Diabetics And to Prevent Blindness

A study conducted at the Children’s Hospital Boston, reveals the mechanism through which Omega-3 can provide protection against retinopathy and the reassurance that drugs like NSAIDs and aspirin do not negate the benefits of Omega 3. The study also shows that the fatty acids might be beneficial for people with diabetes. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the fish oil.

Retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness among people with diabetes. About 4.1 million people are affected by this eye disease in the US. 7 million people in the US are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Omega-3 fatty acids’ ability to prevent the “neovascular” eye diseases can tremendously cut the cost of the treatment, according to Lois Smith, MD, PhD, senior investigator of the study.  

This study is very important for diabetics who quite often take aspirin and people with AMD with propensity for heart diseases. Drugs taken by diabetes might increase the risk of heart diseases. Therefore, it would be a better option to increase omega 3 fatty acids through diet and supplements. The study is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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