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Eating Fatty Fish for Diabetic Health Maintenance

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The benefits of eating fish have been well-documented... reduced heart disease, increased mental wellness, and increased vitality are among the many reasons to eat more fish. For Type 2 diabetics, regular fish consumption becomes even more relevant for health maintenance.

Diabetics often suffer from high triglyceride and low HDL levels. These are both markers leading to increased risk of heart disease or failure, and they're two markers you should be aiming to resolve. Your diet can help. Eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids have been shown trial after trial to lower triglycerides and raise HDL (that's the good cholesterol), and to overall fight heart-related diseases.

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It's important to understand these beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish, not just any seafood...

  • salmon,
  • tuna,
  • sardines,
  • trout,
  • herring, and
  • mackerel

are the choices you want to pick at the seafood counter - but limit intake of tuna, which has dangerously high levels of mercury, especially if you are a woman. Other seafood choices may still have valuable nutrition benefits to offer, but when it's omega-3's you want, stick to fatty fish.

There is an innumerable amount of fish oil in the form of supplements available at the drugstore or grocery store nowadays, but be wary of these products. It's difficult to find a credible product that creates fresh, potent fish oil that still actually has viable nutrients inside - many nutrients are time-sensitive and become volatile while sitting on a shelf. Furthermore, there's speculation that fish oil supplements may increase fasting blood sugar levels in some diabetics, so talk to your doctor before taking those products.

To get the benefits of omega-3's, you don't necessarily need to eat fatty fish every single day. The USDA says that 2 to 3 servings a week is just fine - remembering to limit tuna consumption. Also, keep your fish cooked light. It's already full of beneficial fats inside, so don't overdo it by frying your fish. Fried foods in general should be avoided, and this is no exception. A light pan sear, grilling, or roasting in the oven will do just fine for your fatty fish meal.

Other foods to incorporate into your diet should be flaxseeds, walnuts, and olive oil - all of which can provide natural omega-3's and contribute to improved heart health. Adding just a small serving of any of these foods to your daily meals can make the difference.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by high blood sugar and, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience.

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