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High-fibre diet ‘cuts heart disease risk’

Content by: Guy Lawrence

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Scientists have found that a high-fibre diet could be a critical heart-healthy lifestyle change young and middle-aged adults can make.

The study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found adults between 20 and 59 years old with the highest fibre intake had a significantly lower estimated lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease compared to those with the lowest fibre intake.

For the study, Hongyan Ning, lead author and a statistical analyst in the department of preventive medicine at Feinberg, examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of about 11,000 adults.

Ning considered diet, blood pressure, total cholesterol, smoking status and history of diabetes in survey participants and then used a formula to predict lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease.

“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,” said Ning.

However, in adults 60 to 79 years, dietary fibre intake was not significantly associated with a reduction in lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease.

It’s possible that the beneficial effect of dietary fibre may require a long period of time to achieve, and older adults may have already developed significant risk for heart disease before starting a high-fibre diet, according to Ning.

As for young and middle-aged adults, now is the time to start making fibre a big part of your daily diet, said Ning.

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Guy Lawrence

This article is brought to you by Guy Lawrence. Guy is a qualified fitness trainer with over 10 years of experience in the health industry. Guy worked at the UTS Fitness Centre in Sydney Australia where he specialised in exercise nutrition and obtained his Certificate in Exercise Nutrition and Certified... Read More
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