flaxseeds prevent and treat diabetes

Type 2 diabetes affects an insane 10.5% of the world’s population. And that number is going up fast. Getting lots of fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids is recommended for treating diabetes. Flaxseeds are loaded in both. So, could flaxseeds help prevent and treat diabetes? Let’s find out.

To find out, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of seven controlled studies of flaxseed on people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Three of the studies were on prediabetes and four were on type 2 diabetes.

The results were very exciting. In people with both diabetes and prediabetes, flaxseeds significantly reduced fasting blood sugar and insulin concentrations. Type 2 diabetics also experienced significant reduction in HbA1c: an important finding, since HbA1c is the most important marker of long term blood sugar and diabetes control. Flaxseed also significantly improved insulin resistance type 2 diabetics.

This important study is the first meta-analysis of flaxseeds in prediabetics and diabetics. And it suggests that people who have diabetes, or who are on their way to diabetes, may want to try the simple strategy of supplementing flax.


Complement Ther Med. 2022 Nov;70:102852


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