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Interaction of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and physical activity predicts reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment

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Street, SJ and Parletta, N and Milte, C and Sullivan, K and Hills, AP and Buckley, J and Howe, P, Interaction of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic acid and physical activity predicts reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment, Aging and Mental Health, 19, (10) pp. 885-891. ISSN 1360-7863 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/13607863.2014.971705

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate relationships between self-reported physical activity, proportions of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCn3) in erythrocyte content (percentage of total fatty acids) and risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in older adults.

METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted. Community-dwelling male and female (n = 84) participants over the age of 65 years with and without MCI were tested for erythrocyte proportions of the LCn3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Physical activity was measured using a validated questionnaire.

RESULTS: The interaction between erythrocyte EPA, but not DHA, and increased physical activity was associated with increased odds of a non-MCI classification.

CONCLUSION: An interaction between physical activity and erythrocyte EPA content (percentage of fatty acids) significantly predicted MCI status in older adults. Randomised control trials are needed to examine the potential for supplementation with EPA in combination with increased physical activity to mitigate the risk of MCI in ageing adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:DHA; EPA; ageing; mild cognitive impairment; physical activity
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aged Health Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
Author:Street, SJ (Dr Steven Street)
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109168
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-31
Last Modified:2017-03-16
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