CNN headline today about Fish Oil – not effective?

By Suzanne Holman • November 2nd, 2010

"Fish oil ingredient doesn't slow Alzheimer's"  

Headline article today, CNN

At a glance one would think that it is time to forget about taking Omega 3's.

BUT – notice that the headline says "doesn't slow Alzheimer's"…..

The study described in today's article was done with people in their 70's already showing signs of Alzheimer's/dementia.

This is not the time to start taking supplements to help our brains although they can still help general physical health.

According to this study funded by the National Institute on Aging and led by Dr. Joseph F. Quinn, M.D., a neurologist at the Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland, once symptoms are showing up it is generally too late to make much of a difference in the cognitive functions.

"Quinn and his colleagues randomly assigned about 400 women and men in their mid-70s with likely Alzheimer's disease — the disease is very difficult to accurately diagnose — to take 2 grams of DHA or placebo capsules per day. After 18 months, the average mental decline in the DHA and placebo groups was nearly identical, as measured on two separate tests and rating scales."

That is why it is KEY to start early with taking care of our brains.  Alzheimer's starts years before any symptoms show up.


"Effective treatment strategies to prevent progression of [Alzheimer's disease] will likely need to be initiated earlier," according to Dr. Kristine Yaffe, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Even if you have Alzheimer's developing in your brain, if you do all the supportive things for your brain, you may not see any symptoms until years after those who have not been taking care of their brain health.

By the time you are in your late 80's, the percentage of dementia is about 50%…

As time goes on and more people are cognizant of their brain health, I expect that the age for 50% occurrence will be into the 90's.



I could not agree with your conclusion more – starting preventative measures early is key and I also agree that, no matter where you are on life's continuum, if you engage in a healthy life style that includes measures for brain health, that we will find us entering our 90's with a lesser percentage of dementia.  


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