Dietary alpha-linolenic acid and total omega-3 fatty acids are inversely associated with abdominal aortic calcification in older women, but not in older men

Xianwen Shang, Kerrie Margaret Sanders, David Stephen Scott, Belal Khan, Allison M Hodge, Nayab Khan, Dallas R English, Graham Giles, Peter Robert Ebeling

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BACKGROUND: Associations of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus decosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and total omega-3 (n-3) fatty acid (FA) intakes with abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: This study explored the associations between baseline and long-term changes in omega-3 FA consumption and AAC severity among community-dwelling older men and women. METHODS: The present study used a subset of the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study in which participants were interviewed in 1990-1994 and again in 2010-2011. Dietary intake was evaluated at both baseline and follow-up with use of food-frequency questionnaires. AAC severity was assessed by both lateral thoraco-lumbar radiography and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at follow-up. RESULTS: A total of 312 participants aged 45-64 y old at baseline were followed for a duration of (mean +/- SD) 18 +/- 1 y. Baseline energy-adjusted ALA intake tended to be inversely associated with AAC severity by radiography [OR (95 CI) for tertile 3 vs. tertile 1: 0.49 (0.23, 1.02), P-trend: 0.06] and was inversely associated with AAC severity by DXA [OR (95 CI) for tertile 3 vs. tertile 1: 0.37 (0.16, 0.83)] in women, after adjustment for confounders. Women in the third tertile of total omega-3 FA intake had significantly lower AAC severity by radiography [OR (95 CI): 0.33 (0.16, 0.71)] and DXA [OR (95 CI): 0.27 (0.12, 0.62)] than those in the first tertile. Changes in tertile of omega-3 FA intake over 18 y were not found to be associated with AAC severity in either men or women. CONCLUSION: The results of our study suggest that dietary ALA and total omega-3 FA intakes are both important predictors of the development of AAC in older women, but not in older men.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1778 - 1786
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of Nutrition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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