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Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2012 Jul;87(1):11-6. doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2012.04.010. Epub 2012 May 31.

Serum levels of marine-derived n-3 fatty acids in Icelanders, Japanese, Koreans, and Americans--a descriptive epidemiologic study.

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University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. akira@pitt.edu

Abstract

In the 1990s Iceland and Japan were known as countries with high fish consumption whereas coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in Iceland was high and that in Japan was low among developed countries. We described recent data fish consumption and CHD mortality from publicly available data. We also measured CHD risk factors and serum levels of marine-derived n-3 and other fatty acids from population-based samples of 1324 men in Iceland, Japan, South Korea, and the US. CHD mortality in men in Iceland was almost 3 times as high as that in Japan and South Korea. Generally, a profile of CHD risk factors in Icelanders compared to Japanese was more favorable. Serum marine-derived n-3 fatty acids in Iceland were significantly lower than in Japan and South Korea but significantly higher than in the US.

PMID:
22658580
PMCID:
PMC3404187
DOI:
10.1016/j.plefa.2012.04.010
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