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Fatty fish may reduce heart failure risk

April 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study published in the European Heart Journal suggested men who eat moderate amounts of omega-3 rich fatty fish may reduce their risk of heart failure.Researchers followed nearly 40,000 Swedish men, between the ages 45 and 79 for six years. Results showed men who ate a serving of fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and herring each week were 12 percent less likely to develop heart failure than men who never ate fatty fish.

The study also found that men who ate more than one serving of fatty fish a week did not gain added heart protection. That group of men had the same level of risk as men who never ate fatty fish.

Researchers say this finding could be due to chance. Lead researcher Emily Levitan, ScD, says the men who consumed more fish may be in poor health, and may be trying to improve their health by changing their diets and eating more fatty acids.


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