Good adherence to recommendations for whole-grain, total fat, and cholesterol intake leads to a decrease in atherosclerotic progression among women, according to researchers at Tufts University and Wake Forest University.
The researchers say that their most important finding is that adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)-which provide guidance to promote health and reduce risk of chronic diseases-in individuals with atherosclerosis beneficially affects cardiovascular disease progression.
They have also observed that certain foods certain foods play a more prominent role than others.
"The study by Imamura et al noted dietary guidelines compliance difficulty among post-menopausal women yet observed adherence may slow the progression of atherosclerosis. This observation is critical as we identify foods and behaviors to improve health and encourage compliance through education among the general public, health care professionals, and public health policy decision-makers," said ASN Spokesperson Roger Clemens, DrPH.
The findings will be reported in the July 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.