Fish Oils May Slow Genetic Aging in Heart Patients

Posted on January 20th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

Heart disease patients have long been encouraged to eat more fish or take fish oil supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids. The reason? People who do, tend to live longer. Now, some say a study out this evening in the Journal of the American Medical Association might explain why…

 

the researchers behind the study report that for heart disease patients, omega-3 fatty acids may protect against death and illness by slowing biological aging. However, the findings were met with skepticism from some cardiac experts who said the study had serious limitations…

 

Some doctors agreed that the findings seem interesting. "Telomeres do help the body repair damage," said Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who was not involved with the study. "The longer they are, the more the damage repair that can occur."

 

ABC News, by John McKenzie, 1/19/10

Tags: Cardiology, fish oils, genetic aging, heart health

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