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PUFA'd up seniors live longer

Fatty acids were linked to longer lives in a new Swedish study of 4,000 older people.

Older people with higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids live longer, according to a new Swedish study of 4,000 people. Subjects with the highest levels of PUFAs in their blood were significantly less likely to die from heart disease of any cause over about 15 years than those with the lowest levels.

For both men and women in the study, EPA and DHA were associated with roughly 20 percent lower odds of death, reports The American Heart Association published the study in its journal Circulation.

Researchers tested 2,193 Swedish women and 2,039 men for their levels of different fats at age 60, then followed half of the participants for at least 14.5 years.

In the U.S., men only get 50 percent and women only get 40 percent of their daily omega-3’s, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. And, most of us don’t even know how harmful that deficiency may be. Seventy-seven percent of adults are unaware that low omega-3s can be harmful to health, according to a GOED survey.

The Omega-3 Coalition, a group of industry stakeholders working to improve consumer knowledge of omega-3s, recently formed a scientific advisory council to help with those efforts.

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