Fishing For a Few More Years

Posted by juggernautPT on May 07, 2013

Fishing For a Few More Years
Fishing for a few more years

High fish consumption – long linked to healthier living – may actually lead to a longer life, to the tune of a couple of extra years, a recent US study has found.

Study authors from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington analysed data from 2,700 individuals aged 65 years or older and found that those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids (found almost exclusively in seafood) displayed a 27 per cent reduction in mortality, and a 35 per cent reduction in mortality caused by heart disease. This equates to increased longevity of an average 2.2 years in those with the highest omega-3 levels.

Dariush Mozaffarian, lead study author and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, said ‘Although eating fish has long been considered part of a healthy diet, few studies have assessed blood omega-3 levels and total deaths in older adults. Our findings support the importance of adequate blood omega-3 levels for cardiovascular health, and suggest that later in life these benefits could actually extend the years of remaining life.’

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

 


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