age-old adage finally gets a scientific node! An apple a day does
keep the doctor away. British researchers found that an apple
a day for all
adults aged 50 and over would prevent or delay around 8500 deaths due to
vascular events such as heart attacks
in the U.K alone. This reduction is at par with the benefits that statins, cholesterol lowering drugs
adults aged 50 and over may hence be prescribed an apple a day!
exciting revelation came about in the Christmas issue of the renowned British
Medical Journal. The Victorian-era proverb thus continues to stand the test of
"An apple a day is known throughout the English-speaking
world as a saying for health, and statins are now some of the most widely
prescribed drugs in the world. So, when you now have a debate in the medical
world about increasing the amount of statins
for primary prevention, we wanted to look at what that would mean for
population health and if there were other ways of doing it," said lead
researcher Dr Adam Briggs.
The researchers of the University of Oxford used a
mathematical model to compute what
would happen if 70 percent of people in UK over the age of 50 ate an apple daily, and compared that with putting
that same group of people on statin drugs. Out of 17.6 million people 9400 deaths
would be avoided annually because of statins; apples would prevent 8500 deaths.
The values are almost close!
"This study shows that small dietary changes as well as
increased use of statins at a population level may significantly reduce
vascular mortality in the UK," say the authors.
150 year old health promotion message is finally able to match modern medicine
and is also likely to have fewer side effects.
Now that things are clear, another issue needs attention-apples
cost more than statins!