Fish consumption, not fatty acid status, is related to quality of life in a healthy population

O.J.G. Schiepers, R.H.M. de Groot, J. Jolles, M.P.J. van Boxtel

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Abstract

Depressive symptoms in the community have a considerable impact on quality of life. Although long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) have frequently been implicated in depressed mood, their relationship with quality of life has scarcely been investigated. This study examined the cross-sectional associations between fish consumption and plasma phospholipid LCPUFA status on the one hand, and quality of life, as measured by the Short Form 36 questionnaire, on the other in a population-based sample. The mental health component of quality of life was not associated with LCPUFA status or fish consumption. Fish consumption showed a positive association with physical well-being, which remained significant after correction for LCPUFA status, suggesting that the relationship between fish consumption and physical well-being is independent of the LCPUFA content of fish. These findings indicate that fish consumption may serve as a proxy for a healthy lifestyle or a favorable nutritional status, which is reflected in better quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalProstaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Fish consumption
  • Fatty acids
  • Mental health
  • Quality of life
  • Population-based study
  • NEW-ZEALAND ADOLESCENTS
  • DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
  • SUBSYNDROMAL DEPRESSION
  • DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID
  • MINOR DEPRESSION
  • MAJOR DEPRESSION
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • SF-36
  • OMEGA-3-FATTY-ACIDS
  • RELIABILITY

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