Do you all eat fish?
Take fish oil supplements?
I love fish.
And why do you do it?
Is it for your heart health?
‘Cause you told me to.
‘Cause I watch The Doctors.
Because Doctor Travis said,
“You get those omega-3s and 6s.”
Well,and that raises an interesting point
because it is no secret out there
that fish with it’s omega-3 fatty acids
can boost your heart health.
Well now there’s a new study suggesting that fish oil supplements
when give it to your baby may help prevent obesity
and insulin resistance in your child as they grow up.
This was a study done in Australia.
It looked at 420 infants.
Half received fish oil from a 650ml pill,
the rest were given a placebo containing olive oil
and the infants who took the oil, the omega 3 oil
for the first six months of their lives,
when those kids were five years of age
researchers took blood samples measured waist circumference
and those children who took the fish oil
actually had smaller waists than those that had placebo.
And I think it’s really important first of all to note
that this was not a study done for vanity’s sake.
We’re not talkin’ about
Okay your waist is smaller in circumference
so these kids look better.
This is all about getting back to the visceral belly fat.
I was intrigued by the study.
I’m always shocked about doing studies on babies.
I’m not personally very comfortable
with the whole concept of testing things on babies
but that’s why we’re joined now by pediatrician on Skype
Dr. Eric Ball to talk about this.
那么 Ball医生 能谈谈你对这项研究的看法吗？
So, Dr Ball could you give some inside of your study?
So it’s an interesting study.
This would be kind of the holy grail, right?
So if you can give something to a baby
that therefore prevents them from having heart disease when they’re older,
that would be, really, the most ideal way to treat heart disease.
So,it’s really interesting
that they gave certain children fish oil
and then those children had smaller waist circumference,
and we know that smaller waist circumference in adults
leads to fewer heart attacks and cardiovascular incidents.
So the question is does having
a smaller waist size at age five
lead you to have lower heart attack risk when you’re older?
That’s a little bit unclear and
there’s some issues with the study
I don’t think it’s gonna change how I practice right now
but it’s certainly interesting looking at it into the future.
I think it also highlights fish oil supplements.
You can read one study that say that
fish oil supplements are the best thing since sliced bread
and then you’ll read competing studies
that show the results aren’t quite as favorable.
When I talk about omega-3 fatty acids for heart health
I’m talking about the real thing.
And getting it from the food you eat.
And that’s where I think, Dr. Ball, this is also interesting
because this wasn’t a study where you looked at kids
and giving them more foods that were high in omega-3 fatty acids.
They were truly giving these kids a supplement.
I am curious your thoughts on that because,
again, there’s always been a lot of controversy out there
and as a pediatrician, I’m sure this puts you in a difficult spot
if a parent now comes in and says,
“Why wouldn’t I put my kid on fish oil supplements.”
We’re very, very reluctant to put kids on supplements.
For all ages, but especially little babies.
These things aren’t well regulated.
They’re not tested for safety or efficacy in babies
or children for that matter.
所以我非常 非常不愿意 让两个月大的宝宝
So I’m very, very reluctant to put a two month old
on a fish oil supplement.
And I think it also highlights one other concept
that I’ve really thought through in my career and certainly the last decade,
hosting The Doctors,
is you have food as your medicine,
you have food as your poison,
and when you look at foods that are high in these helpful fatty acids
and it’s not just fish.
When you look at nuts and foods like that
what don’t they have in them?
And we don’t have time to get into this right now
but sugar addiction in kids is rampant
and so when you replace the sugar
with foods that are higher in these helpful substances,
like these omega-3 fatty acids,
you’re going to see positive changes
and Dr. Ball, at some point we’ll delve into that. Unfortunately,
Unfortunately，we’re out of time today.
Take away for you with parents is just
talk to the pediatrician, but let’s get some more studies done
before we start giving kids these supplements.
Is that fair to say? Right.
It’s really interesting.
I look forward to seeing what happens in the future
with long term studies with this.
But as of right now,
it’s not something that I would do for my own children
or recommend to my patients.
Thanks so much, Dr. Ball. (applause)
And pediatricians have a really tough job
because they’re balancing more than maybe any other patient population.
You’re balancing the do no harm
that we take that oath.
‘Cause you do not want your baby to be a guinea pig.
That goes back to the point.
How do we glean information. How do we learn?
Well,you have to do studies and doing studies
但在儿童身上研究 是件危险的事 对
on kids, is such a, slippery slope, yeah.