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Letters Dietary fat and diabetes prevention

Whether one burns fat, and not the type of fat one eats, is the important thing in type 2 diabetes

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 27 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5700
  1. George Henderson, researcher
  1. Auckland 0604, New Zealand
  1. puddleg{at}

Brown and colleagues investigated the effects of omega-3, omega-6, and total dietary polyunsaturated fat on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.1

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of fat accumulation in the liver and pancreas and of excessive free fatty acid flux from insulin resistant adipose tissue.2 This state saturates mitochondrial β-oxidation of fatty acids …

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