For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from almost 40,000 adults across 20 studies. They found that people who had higher blood levels of linoleic acid, a main form of omega-6, were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those with lower levels of this fatty acid.
The study authors write: “The potential effects of omega-6 PUFAs, including linoleic acid and its metabolite arachidonic acid, on type 2 diabetes remain unresolved and are of considerable clinical, scientific, and public health importance.”
A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, concluded that fatty acids could be responsible for reading skills in children.
Mats Johnson, chief physician and researcher at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Center at Sahlgrenska Academy at the university, and his colleagues noted that polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 and their effects on kids’ learning and behaviour has been a growing area of research.
Mats Johnson said: “Even after 3 months, we could see that the children’s reading skills improved with the addition of fatty acids, compared with those who received the placebo. This was particularly evident in the ability to read a nonsense word aloud and pronounce it correctly (phonologic decoding), and the ability to read a series of letters quickly (visual analysis time).”