Taking Fish Oil for Diabetes

Kozzi-yellow-fish-oils-isolated-on-white-background-441-X-294Although we hear about the great advantages of taking fish oil for the omega-3 fatty acids and the benefits that it provides, those with diabetes may be putting themselves in harm’s way when taking this supplement. Although it may be a great addition to your daily regimen and provide extra protection for the heart, those with diabetes have been seen to have elevated levels of blood sugar, which of course is a negative impact on their health. Before taking fish oil, it is vital for diabetics to speak with their physician to make sure of the safety of their health.

If a patient is taking medication to help control their diabetes, they are working to keep their blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible and to keep the symptoms of diabetes at bay. When taking fish oil supplements, it is possible that the symptoms of diabetes may return even though the patient is taking medication. These include the possibility of losing weight too fast, going to the bathroom more often, blurry vision and fatigue or feeling as though you can never quench your thirst. Of course these symptoms can lead to other serious medical complications such as kidney problems and even nerve damage.

Anyone who is taking fish oil for the omega-3 fatty acids that are in them, no matter if diabetic or not, may experience certain side effects of this supplement. These could include loose stools, heartburn, burping, gas and not to mention that it is not good for the digestive tract and can give you bad breath. It is also possible that if someone were to take over the recommended allowance of three a day there is a risk of bleeding. For someone that is diabetic it is crucial to speak with your doctor before you start taking this supplement.

There is also the possibility that the fish oil may have a bad reaction with any current medications that you may be taking as well. Due to the oil causing blood sugar levels to rise, you may find that any medications you are currently prescribed and taking for the disease may not have the desired effect that you need. This means that you may need to have an increase in your current dosage in order to counteract the rise in your levels. Again, it is important to discuss this with your doctor before taking it upon yourself to start taking fish oil. It may be good for many things, but diabetes is not one of them.

Many patients with diabetes also run the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. When taking fish oil along with the combination of diabetic and blood pressure medications, you run the risk of your blood pressure dropping quickly. This can bring on dizziness, headaches and even fatigue. We all want to be able to take care of ourselves. However, it is important to take the right medication and supplements and in the right combination. When taken alone, you have lower risks of additional complications. If you are considering adding fish oil to your diet, your doctor may be able to recommend other options that will work with your medications and have lower risk.

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