Home supporting the iga nephropathy support network links articles   fish oil reprinted from network news, no. 4 (november 1994) last month, the mayo clinic published a headline-making study on treating iga nephropathy with omega-3 fish oil. Omega-3 fish oil provides essential fatty acids that cannot be made by our bodies but must be supplied by our diet. These include linoleic and linolenic acids, which are found in black currant, borage, primrose and flax oils as well as fish, epa (eicosapentaenoic acid), and dha (docosahexanenoic acid). buy generic viagra online In recent years, there have been investigations of the usefulness of omega-3 fatty acids in treating ulcerative colitis, hypertension, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus. generic viagra canada price Researchers have looked at fish oil's potential role in lowering blood lipid levels of patients on dialysis or at risk of accelerated coronary disease, or in preventing restenosis in the arteries of those who have undergone angioplasty to open clogged vessels. The rationale for using fish oil in treating iga nephropathy is that, among other things, omega-3 fatty acids affect the production of eicosanoids, cytokines, and thromboxane a2, all of which are believed to have a role in injuring the glomeruli. viagra costs canada Unfortunately, studies of fish oil and igan have been small and the results conflicting. order viagra online The mayo clinic study, which used different nephrology centers to follow over one hundred patients (half of whom received olive-oil placebo) was by far the largest, and patients were tracked for roughly two years, or until their serum creatinine concentration increased by 50%, indicating significant loss of renal function. viagra samples What the mayo clinic found--and why the results are so encouraging--was that the kidneys of those in the fish-oil group functioned better longer than those in the placebo group. generic viagra without a prescription Only 6% of the fish-oil patients suffered an increase of 50% or more in their serum creatinine, whereas 33% of the placebo patients did. Whether hypertension was present or absent, whether serum creatinine was elevated or not at the study's start, whether proteinuria was below or above 3. 5 g/24 hours, patients receiving fish oil consistently showed less decline in function than did those receiving the placebo. viagra costs canada 1 despite this great news, however, there are some caveats that anyone thinking of going on fish oil needs to know: 1) other studies of fish oil, whether on animals or humans, report conflicting results. generic viagra 50mg A canadian study of rats who had most of their kidneys removed concluded that animals fed both a low-protein diet and fish oil supplements "significantly preserved" their kidney function,. viagra generic does viagra effect women