Higher Omega-3 Levels Linked to Healthier Aging

Higher serum levels of serum omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) are associated with healthy aging in adults, defined as survival without chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, or severe chronic kidney disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers measured cumulative levels of plasma phospholipid n-3 PUFAs in 2600 older adults at three time points over a 13-year period and found that higher levels of long-chain n-3 PUFAs were associated with an 18% lower chance of unhealthy aging.
In particular, n-3 PUFAs from seafood, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were associated with healthier aging.
“We found that higher blood levels of omega-3s from seafood were associated with a higher likelihood of healthy aging and also saw that people with the highest blood levels of omega-3s self-reported fish intake of about two servings per week,” lead author Heidi Lai.
“This study supports current national guidelines to consume more seafood,” she said.
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“We’re living longer but are not necessarily in good health, and the quality of life in old age is deteriorating,” Lai said.
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lead author Heidi Lai, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, told theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology.
The study was published online October 17 in BMJ.
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