Heart attacks prevented by vegetarian diet shown yet again
Massive study finds those eating the most heart friendly diets had a 35% lower risk of heart disease.
The study results
Canadian researchers interviewed 31,546 older people with a history of heart disease or end organ damage as a result of diabetes. They were asked about the foods included in their diets over the last 12 months, indicating long-term habits.
Those who ate a heart-healthy vegetable-rich diet based around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, with a higher intake of fish and a lower intake of meat and poultry, had a:
- 35% reduction in their risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- 28% decrease in their risk for congestive heart failure
- 19% reduction in their risk for stroke
- 14% decrease in their risk for a new heart attack
“A healthy diet offers a consistent benefit over and above the benefits of taking medication. The two go hand in hand. At times, patients don’t think they need to follow a healthy diet since their medications have already lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol. That is wrong. Dietary modification has benefits in addition to those seen with aspirin, angiotensin modulators, lipid-lowering agents and beta blockers”.
Nutritionist and study researcher Mahshid Dehghan, Ph.D., of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Study published in the December 3, 2012 issue of the journal Circulation. As reported by The Huffington Post on December 3, 2012 and by MyHealthNewsDaily on December 4, 2012.