Harvard researchers, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have determined that Omega-3 deficiency is responsible for 72,000 to 96,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States. This startling finding would mean that Omega-3 deficiency is the sixth largest cause of death for Americans.
According to the data, collected in a 2005 study, tobacco smoking and high blood pressure were responsible for an estimated 436,000-500,000 deaths, high blood pressure taking 372,000-414,000 victims, responsible for nearly 20% of deaths for US adults. Overweight and obesity conditions caused 188,000-237,000 fatalities, while physical inactivity caused 164,000-222,000. High dietary salt (97,000-107,000 deaths), low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (72,000-96,000), and high dietary trans fatty acids (82,000; 63,000-97,000) round out the top causes of mortality.
Last month, Dr. Daniel Fabricant made the following statement to NutraUSA about such recent finding:
“We need more clinical research that nails down why omega-3 is so effective,” Fabricant said. “This seems to be the last missing piece for omega-3s in terms of clarifying the picture for governmental/regulatory bodies of its efficacy.”
To learn more about what we do know regarding Omega-3, please have a look at the DSIB Healthnotes page: Omega-3