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THIS Week, Fish Consumption is Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk

stuffed salmon
Salmon, one of the oily fish

Just weeks after I reported about fish consumption being linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a different study reports the opposite.

The Norfolk, England, wing of the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer found a 25% lower risk of developing diabetes in adults who ate one or more servings of fish weekly, compared with those who ate less than that.  What kind of fish?  White fish and oily fish. 

Contradictory results like this are not uncommon in the field of science. 

Steve Parker, M.D.

Reference:  Patel, P., et al.  Association between type of dietary fish and seafood intake and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes.  The EPIC-Norfolk cohort study.  Diabetes Care, 32 (2009): 1,857-1,863.

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Fish Linked to Lower Dementia Risk, Once Again

Brain food

Brain food

Older adults in low- to middle-income countries seem to have a lower risk of dementia if they regularly eat fish, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

This comes on the heels of another recent study questioning the anti-dementia protective effect of fish consumption.

Almost 15,000 people were surveyed in China, India, Cuba, Domincan Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.  As fish intake increased – from never, to some days of the week, to most or all days of the week – dementia prevalence dropped by 19% for each increase of intake.  Data for the effect were less convincing for Indian populations. 

The prevalence of dementia also tended to rise with meat consumption.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Reference:  Albanese, Emiliano, et al.  Dietary fish and meat intake and dementia in Latin America, China, and India: a 10/66 Dementia Research Group population-based studyAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90 (2009): 392-400.

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