Lack of association between arterial blood pressure and erythrocyte fatty acid composition in an italian population sample

S. Ciocca, M. Arca, A. Montali, S. Fazio, A. Bucci, F. Angelico

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    The relation between arterial blood pressure and erythrocyte fatty acid composition was investigated in a large urban female population aged 20-69 years. No significant differences in the relative amounts of saturated, monoun-saturated and polyunsaturated (n-6 and n-3 series) fatty acids and in the mean polyunsaturated/saturated and linoleic/oleic ratios were observed in the different quartiles of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Moreover, there was no significant correlation between individual erythrocyte fatty acids and their ratios and either blood pressure or other risk factors for atherosclerosis (age, body mass index, total serum cholesterol and triglycerides). In the multivariate analysis no independent correlations between systolic and diastolic blood pressure and the individual erythrocyte fatty acids were observed; age and body mass index were strongly related to blood pressure. Our results do not confirm for erythrocyte fatty acids the reported associations between plasma fatty acids and blood pressure.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)105-110
    Number of pages6
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1987



    • Hypertension
    • Polyunsaturated fatty acids

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Biochemistry

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