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Diabetes Update 140: Omega-3

March 1, 2010

By David Mendosa

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  • So far I have written 449 articles for the Health Central Network about all aspects of diabetes. In February this website published five more of my new diabetes articles:

  • Omega-3 for Fatty Liver. We may now have several ways to treat fatty liver disease and stopping it from progressing to liver failure. The latest research shows that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse it.

  • Omega-3: Tested. Did you know that you could get your omega-3 level and your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 tested? This test is an excellent guide to telling what your heart health is.

  • Let's Talk about Diabetes. My first conference call to discuss diabetes with readers of my articles took place on February 15, just before I left on vacation in New Zealand, from where I am writing this newsletter. When I return home, I will continue these calls. If you are interested in participating, what would you like to discuss?

  • Cutting Back on Omega-6. Knowing what to eat so that we get enough omega-3 fats in our diet is easy. The challenge is how to cut back on omega-6. The first step to get our levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in balance is to reduce how much omega-6 we eat.

  • Reducing Omega-6 and Meat. The key to start getting our ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats in balance is to cut back first on omega-6 in our diet. Some meat is high in omega-6, but the results may surprise you as much as they did me.

Dr. Bernstein's Webcast

If you have any interest in controlling your diabetes by low-carb eating, one of the best resources is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's monthly webcast. It's an hour of excellent diabetes education.

Dr. Bernstein's next live Tele-Seminar is Wednesday, March 31, at 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM MST, and 5:00 PM PST. He designed it to answer your most important questions concerning diabetes and to offer his thoughts on the latest developments in this area. The seminar is free. You can click here to register: It's also available as a live webcast both on the Internet and by phone.

The special topic of this discussion is "What happened when I fed patients 900 extra calories daily of pure fat."

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