Krill Oil May Reduce Premature Death In
People With Diabetes
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
If you have Diabetes, Omega 3-rich Krill Oil may be beneficial to your health.
It may reduce your risk of premature death sometimes associated with Diabetes.
Diabetics have a higher than average risk of premature death with most attributed to cardiovascular disease.
2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from
However, there are steps to control your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Heart Disease And Blood Sugar
There are several components that may increase your chance of developing heart disease.
Lack of exercise, a high-fat and carbohydrate diet, large portions and development of PAD, all may lead to increasing your risk.
High blood sugar may also be another cause.
Everyone has a little bit of sugar circulating through your blood.
And most people, when they eat carbohydrates see a sharp rise in blood sugar.
Non-diabetics see a sharp increase in insulin in response to this rise in blood sugar.
Insulin opens your cells enabling your cells to use sugar from your bloodstream, moving it into your cells.
Diabetes and Type II Diabetes are diseases characterized by a lack of insulin released from the pancreas or your cells not being able to utilize the insulin.
This may increase the sugar in your blood which is then transported all throughout your body.
Increased blood sugar makes it hard for the blood to travel through your body.
This may increase free radicals which damage the lining of your arteries.
Damage free radicals may increase
INFLAMMATION in your body
High blood sugar may also impair the benefits of nitric oxide altering how your veins and arteries relax allowing blood to flow easily.
Constriction makes it harder for blood to flow freely through
your arteries, preventing nutrients to reach your cells
Heart Attacks And Ventricular Arrhythmias
Heart attacks are potentially life-threatening events where blood is blocked leading to lack of oxygen and nutrients reaching the rest of your body.
There may be blockages in the veins and arteries in your heart.
Other areas may be affected by blockages which may also lead to heart attacks and strokes.
A disease called peripheral artery disease, or PAD, causes blockages in your lower limbs preventing normal blood flow.
These blockages may become dislodged and travel
through your body to the heart, lungs or brain
This may further impede blood flow at other blocked areas possibly resulting in heart attacks or strokes.
Most cardiac arrests and SUDDEN death is due to ventricular arrhythmias.
Ventricular arrhythmias are ABNORMAL heart rhythms which
begin in the lower portion of the heart or your ventricles
A normal treatment includes a pacemaker and medications to maintain a NORMAL rhythm in your ventricles.
Implantable pacemakers may prevent premature death
by stabilizing your heart rhythm
Prevention With Omega 3
There may be a link between Diabetics with increased omega 3 fatty acids and a decrease risk of sudden death.
DHA, EPA and ALA are all essential fatty acids which are not produced by your body.
DHA and EPA are found in high amounts in marine foods like fatty fish, krill oil and fish oil supplements.
ALA is usually found in vegetable sources, which are digested by your body and converted into DHA.
A study may point to the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids and its ability to possibly reduce another heart attack or ventricular arrhythmia.
A study published in the journal Circulation, attempted to see if Omega 3 fatty acids were able to reduce fatal MI and ventricular arrhythmias.
The study included over 5000 women who had no previous history of having a heart attack.
The participants were rated on their monthly, weekly and daily fish intake.
Their results were ASTOUNDING.
The group who ate fish up to 5 times per week, experienced less cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and sudden death.
Sudden death may be attributed to ventricular arrhythmia.
They concluded increasing omega 3 fatty acids in the diets of women suffering from Diabetes resulted in less SUDDEN DEATH events and less incidence of developing heart disease.
All patients were high risk and had experienced
a heart attack within the last decade
Power Of Omega 3’s
Diabetics may have an increased risk of heart disease due to high sugar levels in your blood.
This extra sugar may increase free radicals and reduce the relaxing effects of nitric oxide on your vessel walls.
A particularly fatal heart rhythm, ventricular arrhythmia, may lead to sudden death.
High risk individuals, especially people who suffered a previous heart attack, are at increased risk for developing this potentially fatal arrhythmia.
Including omega 3 rich foods may decrease your risk for ventricular arrhythmia or even having another heart attack.
Increasing essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA may provide extra protection for your heart and overall health.
Krill oil includes many of the essential fatty acids which may provide protection to your heart.
Krill oil may reduce your risk of developing fatal heart rhythms and it may help control blood sugar and alter lipid profiles further protecting the hearts of people suffering from diabetes.
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Hu, F. Cho, E. Rexrode, K. Albert, C. Manson, JA. Fish and Long Chain w-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Total Mortality in Diabetic Women. Circulation. 2003. 1077:pp.1852-1857.
Albert, C. Campos, H. Stampfer, M. Ridker, P. Manson, JA. Willett, W. Ma, J. Blood Levels of Longe Chain n-3 Fatty Acids and the Risk of Sudden Death. N Engl J Med. 2002. 346: pp. 1113-1118.
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