Clinical Conditions

No Less Gestational Diabetes or Preeclampsia with DHA Supplementation in Pregnancy

Preeclampsia, a condition of hypertension and proteinuria that may develop late in pregnancy, and gestational diabetes mellitus are two of the most common medical complications of pregnancy. Women with hypertension prior to pregnancy are more likely to develop preeclampsia, which then increases the risk of preterm delivery. Preeclampsia and eclampsia together are among the top 3 causes of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Preeclampsia affects 3% to 5% of all US pregnancies, but the prevalence is higher in developing countries with limited access to prenatal care. The risk of developing…

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Muscle Strength: Build it Better with Fish Oil and Strength Training

[frame src=”/wp-content/uploads/images/PUFA4.12_Callout26.png” alt=”” width=”163″ height=”193″ align=”right”]Among the changes in health and function with aging are losses in muscle mass (sarcopenia), strength and function. These developments parallel those occurring in bone, to which muscle function is related. As muscle weakness and loss progress, an individual loses functional independence, incurs greater disability and faces a higher risk of mortality after bone fracture. Muscle weakness is also a predictor of major mobility disability. In addition to the consequences of time, changes in lifestyle, physical activity, nutrition and health may further undermine the strength…

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Dietary Long-Chain Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Colorectal Polyps in Women

[frame src=”/wp-content/uploads/images/PUFA4.12_Photo12.1.png” alt=”” width=”216″ height=”262″ align=”right”]The most effective preventive strategy for colorectal cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the U.S., is the detection of its earliest abnormalities, polyps in the colon or rectum. These precancerous lesions are detected by colonoscopy, a visual inspection of the colon. The doctor will remove any abnormal polyps during the procedure. Because colorectal cancer usually does not reveal itself until the condition is advanced, looking for its earliest warning signs offers the greatest protection. A recent study reported a 77% lower risk…

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Muscle Strength: Build it Better with Fish Oil and Strength Training

[frame src=”/wp-content/uploads/images/FOL4.12_Photo10.png” width=”261″ height=”221″ align=”left”]With aging and reduced physical activity, skeletal muscles lose some of their strength, functional capacity and mass. With greater muscle weakness, an individual may be less able to get around and care for him/herself and usually face a greater risk of bone fracture and mortality. Many of these changes can be substantially slowed and muscle performance improved with appropriate physical activity and exercise, strength training and healthy nutrition. There are now many studies in older adults showing the health benefits of physical activities from alpine skiing…

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Higher Long-Chain Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Colorectal Polyps in Women

[frame src=”/wp-content/uploads/images/FOL4.12_Photo12.1.png” alt=”” width=”216″ height=”262″ align=”left”]The most effective preventive strategy for colorectal cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the U.S., is finding and removing its earliest abnormalities. These appear as polyps or small sacs in the colon or rectum (Illustration) and are detected during a colonoscopy exam. They are considered precancerous. Because colorectal cancer usually does not reveal itself until the disease is advanced, looking for its earliest warning signs offers the greatest protection. A recent study reported that adults 50 years of age or older who…

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Preterm Infants Given Fish Oil Emulsions May Have Less Retinopathy of Prematurity

Preterm infants born before 36 weeks’ gestation or those born weighing less than 1,250 grams are at high risk of mortality and morbidity, with risk increasing as gestational age decreases. Recently published findings from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network on the mortality and morbidity of nearly 10,000 infants of extremely low gestational age and birthweight describe the high rates of illness among the survivors. Early nutritional support reduces the severity of illness in these infants, though attention to LC-PUFAs has…

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