Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Medical | By

Fish oil, vitamin D no guard vs. cancer or serious heart trouble

Fish oil, vitamin D no guard vs. cancer or serious heart trouble

Another group took vitamin D only; while another took fish oil only. Deepak L. Bhatt (Deepak L. Bhatt), who led the study, believes that the results can change the practice of cardiology as well as the emergence of statins for more than 30 years ago. While fish oil showed no reduction of risk of stroke in healthy adults, another analysis looking separately at heart attack found a 28 percent reduction among those taking fish oil, with a 40 percent reduction in people who eat little fish and a 77 percent reduction in African-Americans.

But higher amounts of a purified, prescription fish oil slashed heart problems and heart-related deaths among people with high triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood and other risks for heart disease.

"Patients should continue to take their statins and talk to their doctor about a heart healthy diet", Connell explained. Even more take vitamin D, despite no major studies to support the many health claims made for it.

Vitamin D did not reduce the risk of heart disease. She was not involved with the studies.

Complete results can be found in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Fish oils, also called omega-3 fatty acids, are found in salmon, tuna and certain other fish.

Manson and her colleagues plan to publish data on the supplements' effects on other areas of health in coming months, including diabetes, memory and mental functioning, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections and depression. There are different types, including EPA and DHA.

"People considering the use of omega-3 fatty acids to prevent heart disease must weigh the overall balance of benefits and risks", said Dr. JoAnn Manson a director of the study and head of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


And people should not be taking higher doses than what was used in the study, Manson noted. Half the patients were given a four-gram dose of Vascepa every day and the other half were given mineral oil capsules. High cholesterol leads to hardened arteries that can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Vascepa has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and is already being prescribed for heart attack and stroke patients there.

Both studies showed that people who took the medication daily had a protection of some cardiovascular diseases compared with those who received placebo.

Side effects may be a concern: More people on Vascepa were hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat - 3 percent versus 2 percent of the comparison group.

"It does have a blood-thinning effect".

The placebo-controlled Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial, (VITAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, studied more than 25,000 men and women over five years.

Fish oil, vitamin D, novel drugs, new cholesterol guidelines: News from an American Heart Association conference over the weekend reveals a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems. You would likely gets lots of vitamin D from the sunshine (don't forget your block!) but with luck you could enjoy some tasty fish dinners and have more than just the beneficial oils!

Like this: