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Am J Clin Nutr. 1991 Oct;54(4):684-8.

Effects of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E on hormones involved in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in men.

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Carbohydrate Nutrition Laboratory, BHNRC, USDA, MD 20705.


Forty healthy men were fed diets providing 40% of energy from fat and a minimum of 25 mg vitamin E for 28 wk. During the first 10 wk diets were supplemented with placebo, 15 g mixed fat/d. During the second 10 wk placebo was replaced by 15 g fish-oil concentrate/d. During the last 8 wk 200 mg vitamin E/d was added to fish oil. Compared with placebo, fish-oil feeding significantly increased plasma glucose and decreased triacylglycerol, insulin, glucagon, growth hormone, and somatomedin C. The changes in plasma cholesterol, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA-S) were not significant. Fish oil plus vitamin E further decreased insulin, growth hormone, and DHEA-S and reversed the effect of fish-oil on somatomedin C. The changes in glucose, glucagon, growth hormone, and cortisol were not significant. Thus, changes in plasma glucose and lipids caused by dietary fish oil alone and with fish oil plus vitamin E appear to be due to alterations in hormones involved in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

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