Associations Between Linoleic Acid Intake and Incident Type 2 Diabetes Among U.S. Men and Women

Year Published: 2019


Diabetes Care


Zong G, Liu G, Willett WC, Wanders AJ, Alssema M, Zock P, Hu FB, Sun Q


This study looked at over 200,000 participants in the Nurses' Health Study I and II, as well as the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The objective was to examine the relationship between linoleic acid intake and development of type 2 diabetes. Linoleic acid is the main omega-6 fat in peanuts.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Results showed that linoleic acid intake was associated with a 8% reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. Authors conclude: "Our study provides additional evidence that LA intake is inversely associated with risk of type 2 diabetes, especially when replacing saturated fatty acids, trans fats, or carbohydrates."