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People who eat more fish are less likely to develop diabetes, study finds

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For individuals who have received unhealthy HbA1c test results, eating more fish may lead to better control over blood sugar levels, according to a new study out of the University of Valencia in Spain.

Investigators from the school studied the health of 945 individuals who had cardiovascular risk factors. The team measured participants' blood sugar levels and also surveyed them about their average diet.

The results showed that those who consumed higher amounts of fish were significantly less likely to have diabetes. Additionally, these individuals had much healthier blood sugar levels, compared to those who consumed less fish.

Researchers said that fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven inflammation fighters. Several studies have shown that inflammation can make the body less responsive to the effects of insulin, the hormone responsible for controlling blood sugar levels.

The team recommended that individuals educate themselves on the benefits of eating a more nutritious diet that includes fish. Furthermore, government policies should support higher consumption levels.

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