Health and Nutrition

November 12, 2009

Omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 US deaths per year, say researchers

Filed under: General Health,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 1:54 am

Omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 US deaths per year, say researchers
By  Shane Starling, 26-Jun-2009
Related topics: Omega-3, Research, Nutritional  lipids and oils,
Cardiovascular health, Cognitive and mental function

Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and more deadly
than excess trans fat intake, according to a new study. The Harvard
University  researchers looked at 12 dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors
such as  tobacco smoking and high blood pressure and used a mathematical
model to  determine how many fatalities could have been prevented if better
practices had  been observed.

The study, jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) through the Association of Schools of Public Health, drew on 2005
data  from the US National Health Center for Health Statistics. They
determined that  there were 72,000-96,000 preventable deaths each year due to omega-3
deficiency,  compared to 63,000-97,000 for high trans fat intake.

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