Researchers have found that smoking can shorten life by four years, while low levels of fatty acids – by as much as five years.
Eating greasy fish irregularly means a lack of omega-3s in your diet, which can shorten your life even more than smoking, warn new research, quoted by the Daily Mail.
Researchers have found that smoking can shorten life by four years, while low levels of fatty acids – found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel – can shorten life by as much as five years.
Omega-3s are known to be good for the heart and reduce the chance of blood clots.
The good level is eight percent or higher, the average is between four and eight percent, and the low is four percent or lower.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Michael McBurney of the University of Guelph in Canada, said: “It is interesting to note that in Japan, where the average Omega-3 index is greater than eight percent, life expectancy is about five years. longer than in the United States, where the average Omega-3 index is about five percent.
Therefore, in practice, choosing a diet that changes the Omega-3 index can prolong a person’s life.
The researchers in the study found that measuring fatty acids can predict mortality, similar to standard risk factors.