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 licensed naturopathic doctor and co-owner of Absolute Health and Wellness. He completed his 4-year degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). His clinical focus lies in chronic disease, such as those related to the Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Immune Systems.

His approach to medicine relies on working with the patient to come up with a feasible, multi-factorial approach that addresses all complaints at once. He employs a strong background in diagnostic medicine and human physiology and pathology to diagnose and treat. His treatment involve a combination of nutritional counselling, botanical medicine, eastern medicine (acupuncture), nutraceutical supplementation and hands on physical medicine.

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