Adequate Dietary Intake of Omega-3 LCPUFA by People Aged 55-80 Years is Associated with a Markedly Reduced Risk of Death from Cardiovascular and Coronary Heart Disease in the Context of a Mediterranean Diet
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- This study has examined the relationship between ALA and omega-3 LCPUFA intake, and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and death in older adults.
- People who were at known risk of developing cardiovascular disease and that met international recommended intake levels of ALA (≥0.7 en%) and omega-3 LCPUFA (≥500 mg/d EPA plus DHA) in the context of switching to a Mediterranean diet had a 37% reduced risk of dying from any cause.
- The study showed that meeting omega-3 LCPUFA intake recommendations was associated with a reduction in coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death by ~50%.
- Consumption of extra-virgin olive oil by people meeting ALA intake recommendations was associated with additional reduced total mortality.