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ADHD Doubles The Risk Of Premature Death, Especially Girls And Women

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is linked to criminality, accidents, and substance misuse, all of which may increase your risk of an earlier-than-usual death. However, a new Danish study finds that even when such related issues are excluded a diagnosis of ADHD may influence your life span profoundly.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Impulsive behavior is the cause of a lot of harm, including mortality.  ADHD has a strong genetic component but even a higher dietary one in terms of low levels omega-3 fatty acids.  There is some evidence that individuals with ADHD metabolize omega-3 fatty acids at a faster rate, leaving their blood levels lower than normal.  This is why studies using high-dose fish oil in these individuals lead to such positive results.

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