Heart disease risk reduced with high fibre diet

Wed, 23 Mar 2011

Most of us could do with making changes to our lifestyle and diet especially now since a new study shows that a diet high in fibre can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease .

The study conducted by Hongyan Ning, a statistical analyst at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine looked at various aspects of a personís diet. These included diet, blood pressure, cholesterol, a risk of diabetes and smoking habits. A formula was then applied to forecast the risk of heart disease .

The results of the study saw that by switching to a high fibre diet and lifestyle changes made a difference to those aged between 20 to 59 years, whereas the same changes did not significantly reduce the risk for those between 60 to 70 years.

Ning said, "The results are pretty amazing. Younger (20 to 39 years) and middle-aged (40 to 59 years) adults with the highest fibre intake, compared to those with the lowest fibre intake, showed a statistically significant lower lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease."
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