DSM launches Know Your Ω™ at the 2016 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX)
“A large and growing body of evidence shows that insufficient levels of omega-3 EPA + DHA may be associated with serious health complications for many Americans,” said Michael McBurney, PhD, FACN, VP of Science, Communications and Advocacy, DSM Nutritional Products.1 “Know Your Ω™ was developed with the healthcare practitioner in mind to provide a guiding resource that enables doctors to help protect their patients against the health risks associated with insufficient omega-3 levels and promote the health benefits of these vital nutrients to patients.”
Low levels of omega-3 are related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States.2,3 Currently, 95.7% of Americans are not consuming enough omega-3 EPA + DHA to reach cardioprotective levels.4 With 43.9% of U.S. adults projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease by 2030, it is imperative that doctors encourage their patients to achieve cardioprotective omega-3 levels.3 Know Your Ω™ is a resource that educates doctors on the dangers associated with omega-3 deficiency and supports omega-3 recommendation to help protect patients from cardiovascular disease and other health risks.
The Know Your Ω™ booth, #616 at this year’s AAFP FMX annual meeting, provides attendees with information and resources on the benefits of omega-3s to support appropriate recommendation, as well as the opportunity to test their own omega-3 levels to learn their status.
To learn more about Know Your Ω™, visit KnowYourO.com or visit booth #616 at AAFP FMX.
About Know Your Ω™
Know Your Ω™, an educational campaign by DSM Nutritional Products, recognizes the vital role that healthcare practitioners play in addressing the vast inadequacy of omega-3 intake among the U.S. population. Know Your Ω™ is a resource that supports omega-3 recommendations to help protect your patients from cardiovascular disease and other health risks.
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2) Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ. Fish consumption, fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids, and cardiovascular disease. Circulation. 2002;106:2747-57.
3) Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2016 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016;133:e38-e360. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000350.
4) Murphy RA, Yu EA, Ciappio ED, Mehta S, McBurney MI. Suboptimal Plasma Long Chain n-3 Concentrations are Common among Adults in the United States, NHANES 2003–2004. Nutrients. 2015;7:10282-9. doi : 10.3390/nu/125534.