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SOURCE: Vascular Health Sciences
New study shows omega-3 fatty acids may influence immune response, Dr. DeSilva explains.
Edison, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 11, 2013
In a blog post published last week on ArteryHealth.org, the site's Medical Advisor Dr. Derrick DeSilva, M.D. stressed the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and reported on the results of some new research that indicates omega-3 fatty acid supplements may alleviate inflammation caused by type 2 diabetes mellitus.
“In my opinion omega-3s are one of THE most important supplements that we should all be taking,” said DeSilva. “Inflammation is the number one killer in this country.”
Dr. DeSilva, M.D. is a practicing Internist and Senior Attending Staff at Raritan Bay Medical Center and is on the teaching faculty at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 84 patients, 45-85 years, with at least a 2-year history of type 2 diabetes mellitus found that short-term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can reduce inflammation in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus. Subjects were given either 3 omega-3 capsules p/d (eicosapentaenoic acid 1,548 mg; docosahexaenoic acid 828 mg; other omega-3 fatty acids 338 mg), or 3 placebo capsules p/d (sunflower oil 2,100 mg) for 8 weeks. Blood samples were taken at baseline and post-treatment and serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin (IL)-2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-a) were assessed. Results showed decreased IL-2 and TNF-a levels and no changes to CRP in the omega group, as compared to placebo.
For an abstract summary of the study, visit the Artery Health blog at ArteryHealth.org/blog. For clinical research and data on the vital role of the glycocalyx in maintaining a healthy heart and arteries, visit ArteryHealth.org.
ArteryHealth.org is an online compendium of research, clinical studies and articles surrounding artery health. The website, which allows visitors to keep up with new information posted through email alerts and RSS, also includes a substantial amount of information about the endothelial glycocalyx. The tiny gel-like lining of the artery walls has a significant effect on overall artery health, according to recent studies. Learn more at ArteryHealth.org, or follow updates on Twitter by ArteryHealth.org.
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