Fatty Foods Before Surgery May Spell Trouble for Your Brain

Fatty Foods Before Surgery May Spell Trouble for Your Brain
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“We’ve shown that an unhealthy diet, even in the short term, especially when it’s consumed so close to a surgery, which in and of itself will cause an inflammatory response, can have damaging results,” said senior author Ruth Barrientos, an investigator in OSU’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral health and neuroscience in the College of Medicine.

But she noted the protective benefit of omega-3 fatty acids in fish and supplements containing DHA, a type of omega-3 fat.

“DHA was really effective at preventing these changes. And that’s amazing – it really suggests that this could be a potential pretreatment, especially if people know they’re going to have surgery and their diet is unhealthy.”

Brain Tomorrow, 3/15/24

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