What is the role of fish oils in the treatment of pediatric lipid disorders?

Updated: Jun 27, 2019
  • Author: Henry J Rohrs, III, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Fish oils (eg, omega-3 fatty acids) may improve lipid levels, as demonstrated in adult studies, but more evidence is needed in the pediatric population before specific recommendations can be made. In a small, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (n=20), supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid significantly increased large and buoyant, less atherogenic LDL particles and decreased small and dense, more atherogenic LDL particles.


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