Diabetics with cardiovascular disease risk factors (hypertension, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides) have to be extra diligent with managing their blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Having higher blood sugar with more inflammation can increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

What are Triglycerides?

Next to cholesterol, triglycerides are the most important measurement on a lipid panel. They are intimately associated with blood sugar metabolism, not just fat intake.

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Why are Triglycerides Significant in Diabetics?

Independently, elevated triglycerides increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and so does a diagnosis if diabetes.

In patients with diabetes, their triglyceride levels must be controlled to reduce cardiovascular risk [2].

Fish Oil to Manage Triglycerides in Diabetics

A human, randomized control trial showed that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation through fish oil was effective in reducing triglyceride levels in diabetics without any adverse drug reactions or interactions. For dosing, 2 grams was more effective than 1 gram, but both had significant effects on triglycerides amongst these diabetics [3].

Consult a Naturopath for Specific Guidance

If you’re managing diabetes and dyslipidemia, it may be worthwhile discussing your options with our Naturopath. You can dig deeper into nutrition, supplementation and potential drug interactions.


Interested in learning more?

Read on in our series of articles on Diabetes!

About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera

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Dr. Johann is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor. His approach emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and improving one’s health naturally. Dr. Johann obtained a Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Education at CCNM is a vigorous four years, with a curriculum involving biomedical sciences, physical diagnosis, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle management.

While Dr. Johann has a general practice, he focuses on fertility, hormonal imbalances, gut health, and autoimmune disease.

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