Omega- 3s Linked to Healthy Ag­ing

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With pop­u­la­tions across the world liv­ing longer, there is a grow­ing fo­cus on healthy ag­ing— longevity with­out ma­jor chronic dis­eases and with good phys­i­cal and men­tal func­tion. And sci­en­tists from Tufts Uni­ver­sity in Bos­ton have shown that omega- 3 fatty acids may be one of the keys to achiev­ing that goal. Their study, pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal in Oc­to­ber, found that higher blood lev­els of omega- 3s are as­so­ci­ated with a higher like­li­hood of healthy ag­ing among older adults.

The study an­a­lyzed 2,622 peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the U. S. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Health study from 1992 to 2015, and broke them into five groups based on their cir­cu­lat­ing blood lev­els of the omega- 3s EPA and DHA, com­monly found in fatty fish and omega- 3 sup­ple­ments. Af­ter tak­ing ac­count of a range of other so­cial, eco­nomic, and life­style fac­tors, the re­searchers found that the group with the high­est lev­els of seafood- de­rived EPA were as­so­ci­ated with a 24 per­cent lower risk of un­healthy ag­ing than those with the low­est lev­els of EPA.

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