The use of fish oil in the community: Results of a population-based study

Catherine L. Hill, Tiffany K. Gill, Sarah Appleton, Leslie Glen Cleland, Anne W. Taylor, Robert John Adams

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Sir, Fish oil has been demonstrated to have symptomatic benefits [1] and improve disease activity in RA [2]. In addition, fish oil has been shown to have NSAID-sparing effect in patients with RA [3–6]. Recently, the use of fish oil in patients with early RA has been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in these patients already at increased risk of cardiovascular disease [6]. In addition, reduction in NSAID use is likely to reduce cardiovascular and gastrointestinal harm in these patients. A previous study of complementary medicine use in outpatients with OA showed 5% were taking fish oil supplements [7]. Fish oil is widely marketed to the general public for joint and general health benefits. We undertook this population-based study to determine the use of fish oil and its effects in the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-442
Number of pages2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


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