Low Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Increases the Risk of Death from Heart Disease

According to a new study, presented at Nutrition 2019, the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Baltimore, US, low consumption of fruits and vegetables may become the cause for 1 in 7 deaths and 1 in 12 deaths, correspondingly, from heart disease.Low Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Increases the Risk of Death from Heart Disease

A team of researchers analyzed the available data, the scientists found that low consumption of fruit was connected to approximately 2 million deaths from heart disease, and low consumption of vegetables was associated with 1 million deaths, on a global level.

Senior study author Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy says: “These findings indicate a need to expand the focus to increasing availability and consumption of protective foods like fruits, vegetables, and legumes — a positive message with tremendous potential for improving global health.”

A Diet Rich in Fruits and Vegetables Can Cut Risk of Heart Failure by 41%

A new study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester finds that eating a diet with a high content of fruits, vegetables, and fish can decrease the risk of heart failure by 41 percent.fruits and vegetables cut the risk of heart failure

In the course of the study, a team of researchers examined the association between five major dietary patterns and the risk of heart failure in people with no prior diagnosis of heart disease. The analysis included data from 16,068 black and white people averagely aged 45 years.

The lead researcher Dr. Kyla Lara,  a cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, comments: “The need for population-based preventive strategies for heart failure is critical […] These findings support a population-based dietary strategy for lowering the risk of incident heart failure.”

Skipping Breakfasts Regularly May Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

A new study from the University of Iowa suggests that skipping breakfasts can increase the risk of heart disease by 87%.skipping breakfasts increases the risk of heart disease

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from 6,550 people aged 40 and more with heart disease which were collected for 18 years. Most of them (59%) ate breakfast regularly, 5.1% never ate breakfast, and 10.9% rarely ate it, and 25% skipped it for a few days.

The authors write in their paper: “Breakfast is believed to be an important meal of the day, whereas there has been an increasing prevalence of skipping breakfast over the past 50 years in the United States, with as many as 23.8% of young people skipping breakfast every day.”

Having a Midday Nap Can Support Lowering Blood Pressure

A new study from the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece, suggests that having a midday nap is not only good for boosting your energy but also can lower high blood pressure.midday nap cuts high blood pressure

For the study, the researchers examined 212 people with the mean blood pressure of 129.9 mm Hg. The participants’ average age was 62 years. During the study, the analysis showed that people who took a midday nap experienced 5.3 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure.

One of the study researchers, Dr. Manolis Kallistratos says: “These findings are important because a drop in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack by up to 10 percent.”

Common Drug for Arthritis Treatment Linked to Heart Valve Issues

Common Drug for Arthritis Treatment Linked to Heart Valve Issues

A new study finds a link between a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis called celecoxib (brand name Celebrex) and heart valve issues.

Having analyzed thousands of electronic medical records of patients with the mentioned condition, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, US, discovered that usage of celecoxib was associated with the higher chance of aortic stenosis.

Also, after a number of laboratory tests, the researchers revealed that treating aortic valve cells with the aforementioned drug lead to higher levels of calcification of the cells.

 First author of the study Meghan A. Bowler, Ph.D, says: “Calcification in the aortic valve can take many years. So, if you’re at a higher risk for it, you might want to consider taking a different [pain reliever] or rheumatoid arthritis treatment.”

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