Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer Death Linked to High Omega 3 Intake After Diagnosis

Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer Death Linked to High Omega 3 Intake After Diagnosis

A high dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids, derived from oily fish, may help to lower the risk of death from bowel cancer in patients diagnosed with the disease, suggests research published online in the journal Gut.

If the findings can be reproduced in other studies, patients with bowel cancer might benefit from boosting their oily fish intake to help prolong their survival, say the researchers.

Previous experimental research has shown that omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)—namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid(DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)—can suppress tumour growth and curb blood supply to malignant cells (angiogenesis).

The researchers base their findings on the participants of two large long term studies: the Nurses’ Health Study of 121,700 US registered female nurses, aged between 30 and 55 in 1976; and the Health Professionals Follow Up Study of 51, 529 male health professionals, aged between 40 and 75 in 1986.

All participants filled in a detailed questionnaire about their medical history and lifestyle factors when they joined the studies, and this was repeated every two years subsequently.

The information requested included any diagnosis of bowel cancer and other potentially influential factors, such as height, weight, smoking status, regular use of aspirin and non-steroidal inflammatory drugs, and exercise taken… Read More>>

Source: Medical Xpress

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