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What is the relationship between types of dietary fat consumed and neurocognitive development (birth to 18 years) and neurocognitive health (for those 18 years and older)?

Approach to Answering the Question
NESR Systematic Review

Dietary Fats and Seafood Subcommittee

Systematic Review Protocol
Developed for each scientific question being examined, the protocol describes the plan for how the systematic review will be conducted. The protocol provides the: 

  • Analytic framework, 
  • Literature search and screening plan, and 
  • Literature search and screening results. 

For this question, types of dietary fat to be considered include saturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and dietary cholesterol. The source, amount, proportion, and replacement with other dietary fats and/or carbohydrate/protein will be considered in analyses. In addition, the outcomes include neurocognitive development (developmental domains, academic performance, attention deficit disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorder) and neurocognitive health (cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression).

For additional details, see the full protocol for the question, what is the relationship between beverage consumption during lactation and post-partum weight loss? 

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Draft Conclusion
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