Journal article

Cross-sectional association of seafood consumption, polyunsaturated fatty acids and depressive symptoms in two Torres Strait communities

Maximus Berger, Sean Taylor, Linton Harriss, Sandra Campbell, Fintan Thompson, Samuel Jones, Maria Makrides, Robert Gibson, G Paul Amminger, Zoltan Sarnyai, Robyn McDermott



Background Dietary intake of long-chain omega 3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) represents a putative modifiable risk factor for depression, and a high ratio of omega 6 (n-6) to n-3 LCPUFA is frequently observed in patients with major depressive disorder. Recent reports suggest that the availability of fish and seafood may be associated with lower depression rates. The aim of this study was to investigate associations of fish consumption and LCPUFA levels with depressive symptoms.Methods Participants for this cross-sectional study (n=206) were recruited at a community screening programme in two Torres Strait Islander communities (Mer and Waiben). Depressive symptoms were assessed ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the study participants and their families. This work was funded by NHMRC Grant GNT0631947 and by the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention. This study was made possible by the contribution of many people, including the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Primary Health Care Team (north), the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Mental Health Team (north), Mer Island Primary Health Care Centre Team, JCU medical and dental students, the Waiben and Mer communities and the many people that gave their time to participate in the health check.