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Omega-3s maintain healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels

New research suggests measuring omega-3 levels may help doctors detect early signs of, and prevent, heart disease in older adults. In this study, doctors measured lipids and EPA/DHA omega-3 levels in 276 adults, aged 65 to 95. Women had higher omega-3 levels than men, and doctors found a direct link: as omega-3 levels increased, triglyceride levels decreased, and women with the lowest omega-3 levels were more likely to have high triglycerides. Also, as omega-3s rose, HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased as a percentage of total cholesterol. In both men and women, greater omega- 3 levels meant better HDL/total cholesterol ratios.

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