Diet Rich in Fiber Reduces Heart Disease Risk

by VR Sreeraman on  March 23, 2011 at 7:44 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
Scientists have found that a high-fiber diet could be a critical heart-healthy lifestyle change young and middle-aged adults can make.
 Diet Rich in Fiber Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Diet Rich in Fiber Reduces Heart Disease Risk

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

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

It's possible that the beneficial effect of dietary fiber 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-fiber diet, according to Ning.

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

Source: ANI

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