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Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Allied Health

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Elizabeth F. Lowe

Committee Members

Deborah Slawson, W. Andrew Clark


The purpose of this study was to determine if supplementation of two grams of fish oil for 90 days would significantly lower cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes. The Hispanic American population is at an increased risk for CVD. Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) in fish oil have been found to reduce risk of CVD. Subjects were randomly divided into two groups and received either two grams of fish oil or corn oil (control) per day for 90 days. Before and after the trial, participant blood lipids and plasma fatty acids were evaluated. Respired air samples were obtained to evaluate plasma fatty acids. Although analysis of blood lipids and plasma fatty acids did not show sufficient evidence to disprove the null hypothesis, this study is an important model for future studies concerning fish oil to lower CVD risk in Hispanics with type 2 diabetes.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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