Many naturally occurring substances and extracts have been proven to have a role in the prevention or management of diabetes. A new study finds that cod liver oil could be particularly effective in reducing the likelihood that children will develop insulin-dependent diabetes, or type 1. The study was conducted at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo .
Dr. Stene, an expert from the institute said: “In Norway, cod liver oil is an important source of dietary vitamin D and the long-chain n-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have biological properties of potential relevance for the prevention of type 1 diabetes.”
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigated a study group of well over 2000 people. Participants were questioned on their use of cod liver oil and other factors. The use of cod liver oil during the first year of life was found to prevent the onset of type 1.
Stene concluded: “Cod liver oil or individual fatty acids such as DHA may be candidates for preventive intervention trials.”

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