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Lee Hooper



She plays a role in the World Health Organisation’s guidance group on nutrition – which provides global advice on healthy diet.



Lee Hooper is a Reader in the Norwich Medical School at UEA. Her main interests are nutrition and hydration. She plays a role in the World Health Organisation’s guidance group on nutrition – which provides global advice on healthy diet. She has been researching the health effects of increasing omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in diets. Her findings are feeding into new WHO guidance on polyunsaturated fats intake. In addition, Lee addresses dehydration in elderly people – and is carrying out research in care homes. She is exploring different aspects of dehydration, including methods of on-the-spot testing, ways of measuring levels of fluid intake, and specific interventions. She has also been training professional carers in ways to encourage drinking of water.

Lee was a dietician in the NHS for ten years – providing advice on diet to patients who suffered (or were likely to suffer from) a heart attack. She has also worked as an Editor for the Cochrane Heart Group (which promotes research in order to prevent heart disease). She is an editor of Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, has been a guest editor of an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition special supplement, and she was awarded the Ibex Award by British Dietetic Association for development of evidence base for nutrition and dietetics.

Areas of Expertise

NutritionDieteticsHydrationDehydration in the ElderlyPolyunsaturated Fats Intake


University of Manchester



University of East Anglia

B.Sc., Biochemistry


Media Appearances

Fish Oil May Help Prevent Heart Disease, But Not Cancer: Study

U.S. News  


In fact, men who took the supplements actually had a slight uptick in their risk for prostate cancer, noted a British team led by Dr. Lee Hooper of the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. Overall, "if we take omega-3 supplements for several years, we may very slightly reduce our risk of heart disease, but balance this with very slightly increasing our risk of some cancers. The overall effects on our health are minimal," Hooper explained in a university news release.

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This daily supplement is not only useless for cancer, it may also cause prostate cancer!



Lead author Dr. Lee Hooper from the University of East Anglia's Norwich School of Medicine said: "Our previous research has shown that long-chain omega-3 supplements including fish oil do not prevent anxiety, depression, and stroke, diabetes or death."

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Omega 3 supplements do not protect against cancer, scientists say

Daily Mail  


Lead author Dr Lee Hooper, from the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, said: “These large systematic reviews included information from many thousands of people over long periods.

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Omega-3s Show Little or No Benefit for Depression or Anxiety

The New York Times  


The lead author, Lee Hooper of the University of East Anglia, said that while the supplements do no good, they probably do no harm. “I wouldn’t tell people to stop taking them on the basis that they’re harmful,” she said, “except to your bank balance.”

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Fish oil pills 'no benefit' for type 2 diabetes

BBC News  


Dr Lee Hooper, who led the research, told the BBC there had been concerns omega-3 supplements might harm people with type 2, by making glucose control more difficult. "This is really expensive stuff. If somebody's at risk of diabetes, there are much better things to spend money on, like a physical activity - or oily fish."

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One in five pensioners pops seven pills every day and millions are being given drugs they don't even need, bombshell report from Age UK reveals

Daily Mail  


Dr Lee Hooper, of East Anglia University's Medical School, said: 'There was a consistent lack of effect of fish oils on any ... factors related to diabetes risk.'

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