Omega-3 in postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome


As we have explained in “DHA, EPA and metabolic syndrome”, metabolic syndrome is not a disease but a combination of at least three of the following conditions: high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, high blood levels of triglycerides and low levels of the “good cholesterol”, and excess body fat around the waist; and it is important because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can lead to insulin resistance (which can turn into type 2 diabetes). The percentage of women affected with metabolic syndrome increases in menopause.

In a study with postmenopausal women, researchers assigned them to receive, for six months, individualized diet alone or individualized diet plus omega-3 supplementation (900 mg/day). At the end of the study, dietary intervention plus supplementation with omega-3 produced a greater decrease in triglycerides and blood pressure than diet alone, and also in an improvement in insulin resistance and inflammatory markers (all them important components of metabolic syndrome).

So, although heart disease is linked to menopause, omega-3 could help us to prevent it.



Tardivo AP, Nahas-Neto J, Orsatti CL et al. Effects of omega-3 on metabolic markers in postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome. Climacteric. 2015 Apr;18(2):290-298. doi: 10.3109/13697137.2014.981521. Epub 2014 Dec 26.


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