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June 10, 2013 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Eat Fish for Longer Life

If you want to live longer and significantly reduce your risk of death from heart disease ­- put eating fish on your healthy to do list. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientist determined that study subjects with the highest blood levels of omega 3 fatty acids (a reliable marker for fish consumption) lowered their overall risk of death by 27% and slashed their risk of death from heart attacks up to 40%. Over 2,700 older adults were followed for 16 years to assess how eating fish affected death from all causes. The findings showed that the greatest health return for the effort is going from no fish consumption to a modest intake. This is consistent with my standard advice to include at least two servings of fish, preferably oily fish like salmon (wild best), sardines, mackerel, or black cod in your diet each week. Canned salmon is especially convenient and always wild. (Annals of Internal Medicine 158:7, 2013)