Diet can cut risk of heart failure in men in half

July 29, 2009 in Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Diet can cut risk of heart failure in men in half

Sticking with a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce the risks of high blood pressure and heart failure, according to the findings in the July 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to supply the body with oxygen and nutrients.

In this study, Harvard researchers analyzed data from 20,900 men in the Physicians' Health Study I (1982-2008) to assess the link between lifestyle factors and the lifetime risk of heart failure. The subjects were followed for an average of 22 years.

Overall, the lifetime risk of heart failure, assessed at age 40 years, was about 14 percent. 

Men who did not adhere to a healthy lifestyle had the highest lifetime risk of heart failure (21 percent) while those who consumed a healthy diet and remained physically active had the lowest risk (10 percent).

Maintaining a normal body weight, consumption of fruits, vegetables and breakfast cereals, and moderate alcohol intake were all dietary factors linked to lower risk of heart failure.

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