Can a type 1 diabetic take these pills without affecting her blood sugar readings?
Omega 3 Fish oil can alter blood sugar levels, so it is possible that your readings could be affected. There have been studies showing the benefit of taking Omega 3 fish oil in people with Type 1 diabetes but at the moment the evidence is not conclusive. If you don’t do it already, I think it may be worthwhile to include in your diet a source of Omega 3 fish oils from sources such as salmon, or other oily fish, a few times a week. However if you wish to take the supplement form, I would check with your doctor first. Be aware that fish oil can interact with blood thinning medication such as warfarin and aspirin.
I have been eating tilapia for years and recently read an article in the NY Times that claimed farmed tilapia is high in omega 6, which have been known to cause certain health problems in humans. It was said this was due the composition of the fish feeds used, which contained high levels of corn and soy, that tipped the omega 3 to 6 levels. If they were to change the composition of the feeds, how would they do this and what ingredients would be necessary to increase the omega 3 levels?
The problem is that commercially produced fish feed tend to include ingredients that are not a component of a fishes normal diet. In the case of Tilapia they would normally feed on algae and plant life, which in turn would lead to a more balanced composition of Omega 3 and 6. In a commercial farming environment other sources of Omega 3 could be added to their diet such as walnuts of flax seeds. Whether this would be cost effective for the fish farmers is another thing, but it would certainly help change the nutritional composition of the fish.
Nuts and seeds are touted as being healthy having phytonutrients etc.. But they are also dominantly Omega 6 ( except for flaxseed which is mostly Omega 3) and Omega 6 is pro inflammatory. So in eating nuts one gets the benefit of the nutrients but the downside of possibly increased inflammation. Solution? Thanks, John Fuhrman
Yes as per your question, you are indeed correct. Omega 6 can be pro-inflammatory when consumed in excess. Naturally the obvious answer would be to reduce consumption of other sources Omega-6, baked goods, cakes and other processed foods. These foods do not have the nutritional benefits of seeds and nuts so it is better to remove or reduce them where possible. Secondly ensuring the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is balanced ideally 1:1 or 2:1. Consuming more Omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory will offset the effects of Omega-6. As you mentioned flax seeds are a possible source of O3 as is fish oil, oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel. Grass fed beef and Omega 3 eggs are also options to consider.