Boost your intake of omega-3 oil.
By now, you’ve heard that fish is good for your health. To get an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids, both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association recommend eating a variety of (preferably fatty) fish two to three times a week. Research has shown that omega-3s decrease:
- the risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death;
- elevated triglyceride levels –– which alone are a risk factor for heart disease;
- the growth of plaque in arteries;
- the occurrence of blood clots; and
- blood pressure.
Here’s a handy salmon tip: When you don’t feel like grilling or broiling, try using canned salmon to make salmon salad or salmon cakes. Not only is it more convenient and shelf-stable, the salmon that’s canned is almost always wild salmon, which contains significantly lower levels of environmental pollutants than farmed salmon. And remember: Eating fish isn’t the only way to up your intake of omega-3s. Fish oil capsules (or omega-3 oil supplements) are readily available in drug stores and grocery stores these days. Other sources that provide one type of omega-3 (but not the type found in fish) include canola oil, flaxseed, walnuts, and even soybeans. For optimum health, get plenty of both types of omega-3 sources.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
As a Type A personality with a perfectionist streak, diabetes management is something that easily gets under my skin. If I can’t do something perfect, then I’d much rather just not do it at all. Which is why burnout creeps up on me super fast. A few days of pesky numbers and I am ready to throw all things diabetes out the window and watch it get hit by an 18-wheeler. So attempting to get my A1c into the lowest possible range ever has proven incredibly tasking for my perfectionist...