Higher Levels of Omega-3s Associated with Healthy Aging

Research Summary by Sonja Connor, MS, RDN, LD

As the Boomers age into retirement, the buzz around “healthy aging” has never been more prevalent as –people strive to live longer without the burden of chronic diseases. A long-term study of 2,622 healthy older adults (69-79) measured cumulative blood levels of omega-3s at baseline and after 6 and 13 years and compared them with healthy aging. Higher levels of omega-3s over time were associated with an 18% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease, and chronic kidney disease. Individually, higher levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) were associated with 15% lower risk, and higher levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) were associated with 16% lower risk. These data indicate that eating seafood could help increase the likelihood of aging in a healthy manner. BMJ 2018:363:k4067

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