30-Year Study Finds That Eating Fish Can Sharply Cut Heart Attack Rate

From Times staff and wire reports

Eating fish on a regular basis can sharply cut the risk of a heart attack, according to a long-term study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The research, which confirms earlier studies in the past two decades, was based on a 30-year study of the diets of 1,822 Chicago Western Electric employees who helped manufacture telephone poles at the company's Hawthorne Works. They were signed up in 1957 and detailed information on 195 foods in their diets was collected.

Researchers at the Northwestern University Medical School found that "the men who consumed 35 grams or more of fish per day had a 42% lower rate of death" from a heart attack, compared to people who ate no fish.

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