Eating healthy diet is more important than weight loss for lowering your heart disease risk. *
“It’s hard to lose weight but less hard to eat a heart healthy diet and this study should come as good news for adults who want to minimize their risk of heart disease,”Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance
Heart healthy diet; September 22, 2020 A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden finds that people classified as obese can reduce their mortality risk to the same level as people with a lower body mass index by switching to a healthier, Mediterranean-style diet.
The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, tracked nearly 80,000 Swedish adults with a mean baseline age of 61 for 21 years. During the study period, 30,389 people died.
The research team, led by Dr. Karl Michaëlsson, found that overweight individuals who best complied with a Mediterranean diet were the least likely to die. In fact, obese individuals with the healthiest diets were no more likely to die than those people with moderate weight and healthy diets.
Research has shown that individuals with high body mass index (BMI) are at significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality than those who have lower BMI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42 percent of people in the United States are clinically obese.
“It’s hard to lose weight but less hard to eat a heart healthy diet and this study should come as good news for adults who want to minimize their risk of heart disease,” stated Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance.
Those individuals with a “normal” body mass index but unhealthy diets also had a higher mortality rate than those with moderate weight who had healthier, Mediterranean-style diets. The researchers found that diet was a strong predictor of mortality risk. Older people in the study who had moderate weight but an unhealthy diet were the most likely to die during the study period.
Heart healthy diet
Experts share that a healthy diet consists of a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts, adequate water, legumes, lentils, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, and low in saturated fats, trans fats, and processed foods.
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- Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1003331
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