July 27, 2012
N-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease
(Ivanhoe newswire) - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. While research has shown that increasing the amount of n-3 fatty acids within your diet could help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new research shows that might not be all true.
The new blind, randomized, placebo study looked at 12,536 patients of at least 50 years of age with a high risk for cardiovascular events that has impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or diabetes. Patients were randomly assigned a 1-g capsule containing at least 900 mg of ethyl esters of n—3 fatty acids or placebo daily. They also received either insulin glargine or standard care.
Researchers concluded daily supplementation with 1 g of n—3 fatty acids did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events.
SOURCE: The New England Journal of Medicine, July 2012