Reduced erythrocyte concentration of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in children and adolescents with bipolar disorder

Edward Clayton, T.L. Hanstock, P.L. Hazell, S.J. Hirneth, C.J. Kable, M.L. Garg

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    Abstract

    Background ' Reduced long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCn-3PUFA), including eicosapentaenoicacid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are reported in the plasma and red blood cells (erythrocytes) of adultswith depression and bipolar disorder (BD. No research has previously examined blood concentrations of LCn-3PUFA in children and adolescents with juvenile BD (JBD).Objective ' To examine the LCn-3PUFA status of children and adolescents with JBD compared to healthy controlparticipants.Design ' Fifteen participants (9-18 yrs) with JBD and 15 age and sex-matched controls were assessed for intake anderythrocyte LCn-3PUFA. Participants with JBD were also assessed for symptoms of depression.Outcomes ' EPA and DHA were significantly lower in participants with JBD compared to controls, but not aftercontrolling for dietary intake. Erythrocyte DHA was also negatively related to clinician ratings of depression.Conclusions ' Lower erythrocyte LCn-3PUFA in JBD was more closely related to intake in the current study.Given previous evidence linking reduced LCn-3PUFA to BD, a randomised placebo-controlled study examiningsupplementation with LCn-3PUFA as an adjunct to standard pharmacotherapy appears warranted in this participant population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia
    EditorsMark Wahlqvist
    Place of PublicationMelbourne
    PublisherHEC Press
    PagesS61
    Volume17
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Glenelg, Australia
    Duration: 30 Nov 200803 Dec 2008

    Conference

    ConferenceAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period30/11/0803/12/08

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