Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fish Consumption Cuts Heart Attacks

This fall I was program chairman for a medical meeting that highlighted a debate between an advocate of fish oil and one who preferred vegetable oils.  This is a hot topic in alternative medicine lately.  The fish oil advocates are supported by a meta-analysis of 408,305 subjects in the American Journal of Medicine that showed a 5% reduction in risk of heart attacks for every 100 gram serving of fish per week.  The benefit could have been even greater, in my opinion, if the patients had been monitored and treated for mercury toxicity, which can happen when one eats a lot of fish.  Put me in the corner of the fish advocates.

See  The American Journal of Medicine, Sept. 2014, p. 848-857.


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