His and Hers Seafood for Diabetes Protection

Guys: The next time you go out for seafood, think twice before saying, "I'll have what she's having." Here's why: When it comes to the diabetes-dodging powers of seafood, new findings suggest that they may not be the same for men and women.

Gender Bender
A 15-year Chinese study found that for women, a diet that included all types of seafood helped protect them from type II diabetes, but for men, diabetes defense came only from eating shellfish. Further studies are needed to explore possible reasons for these gender-specific differences, but most researchers agree that it's the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in seafood that keep insulin -- the body's blood sugar-controlling hormone -- working well. (Related: Keep your blood sugar in check with this nutritional formula.)

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