Wednesday February 26, 2020

Study Says, Fish Oil Supplements Cause No Effect on Anxiety Conditions

For the findings, the research team looked at 31 trials of adults with and without depression or anxiety

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They found that the Fish Oil supplements had little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms. Pixabay

Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that fish oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions.

Omega-3 is a type of fat. Small amounts are essential for good health and can be found in the food that we eat including nuts and seeds and fatty fish, such as salmon.

They are also readily available as over-the-counter supplements and are widely bought and used.

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit.

“This large systematic review included information from many thousands of people over long periods,” said study lead author Lee Hooper, from University of East Anglia in UK.

“Despite all this information, we don’t see protective effects, the most trustworthy studies consistently showed little or no effect of long-chain omega-3 fats on depression or anxiety, and they should not be encouraged as a treatment,” Hooper added.

For the findings, the research team looked at 31 trials of adults with and without depression or anxiety.

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Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that Fish Oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions. Pixabay

More than 41,470 participants were randomised to consume more long-chain omega-3 fats (fish oils), or maintain their usual intake, for at least six months

They found that the supplements had little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms.

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“Oily fish can be a very nutritious food as part of a balanced diet but we found that there is no demonstrable value in people taking omega-3 oil supplements for the prevention or treatment of depression and anxiety,” said study researcher Katherine Deane. (IANS)

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Cannabis Use More Common Among Elderly People: Study

Cannabis use rises among the elderly, finds study

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Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States. Pixabay

Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study. This a recent health news

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine estimates that cannabis use in adults aged 65 and older increased from 2.4 percent to 4.2 percent in the United States — a significant increase of 75 percent — between 2015 and 2018.

With the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in many states in the US, medical professionals are studying its use in treating a number of chronic health conditions. Since 1996, 31 states have legalized medical marijuana, while 11 states and Washington DC have legalized recreational use.

The survey categorized cannabis use by asking whether marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, or hash oil was either smoked or ingested.

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Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use. Pixabay

Researchers observed trends in prevalence of past-year cannabis use, broken down by sociodemographic background, chronic disease, healthcare utilization, and other substance use among adults age 65 and older, in the United States, between 2015 and 2018.

Certain subsets of this population saw an even higher rise in prevalence. For example, researchers estimated that past-year use more than doubled by older adults with diabetes, among those who have received mental health treatment, and those reporting past-year alcohol use.

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Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

Researchers say they next plan to acquire more detailed information about how medical marijuana affects older populations, its risks and side effects. (IANS)