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Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Add Years To Lifespan Of Elderly – Study

April 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Add older adults to the list of people who can benefit from eating omega-3-rich fish and seafood, a U.S. study says. In fact, people aged 65 and older can cut their mortality risk by as much as 27 percent, and their risk of death by heart attack by as much as 35 percent. Older adults with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA,DPA, or EPA) survived 2.2 years longer on average than those with lower levels. Researchers looked at 16 years of data from about 2,700 U.S. adults aged 65 or older who participated in a long-term heart study. DHA was most strongly related to lower risk of coronary heart disease; DPA with lower risk of stroke death; and EPA with lower risk of nonfatal heart attack.
Dariush Mozaffarian et al., " Plasma Phospholipid Long-Chain ω-3 Fatty Acids and Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Older Adults: A Cohort Study", Annals of Internal Medicine, April 01, 2013, © The American College of Physicians
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