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Higher omega-3 fatty acid levels predict decreased arterial stiffness

Higher omega-3 fatty acid levels predict decreased arterial stiffnessAugust 28 2015. In an article published on August 26, 2015 in the Journal of Nutrition, Ilse Reinders of the National Institute on Aging and colleagues report an association between higher plasma phospholipid omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and lower pulse wave velocity, a measure of arterial stiffness which, when increased, has been correlated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and related mortality.

The current study involved participants in the ongoing Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility–Reykjavik (AGES-Reykjavik) Study. Of those who had plasma phospholipid polyunsaturated fatty acids measured upon enrollment, 501 subjects had carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity measured at a five year follow-up examination.

Higher total plasma omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and individual omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were associated with lower pulse wave velocity. In contrast, subjects whose total plasma omega-6 fatty acids and the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid were higher had increased carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity measurements.

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