Go Whole for Best Health
Studies suggest that simple diet changes may help you stay healthy for the long haul
Did you know that well over half of all heart disease can be averted with smart daily choices? Avoiding tobacco and exercising regularly go a long way toward a happy heart, but two new studies show that simple diet changes can safeguard our health too.
Two large studies, similar results
Researchers in Europe tracked 313,074 adults for an average of eight years, while accounting for other factors that affect heart disease risk, such as smoking, body weight, exercise patterns, other eating habits, high blood pressure, and diabetes. They found:
Another large study shows that fiber deserves attention too. Researchers in the US followed 388,122 older men and women (50 to 71 years old) for an average of 9 years, also accounting for things that can affect disease risk. They found that:
Small changes, big results
These studies were observational, so they don't prove cause and effect, but they do suggest that some simple diet changes are in order if we want to stay healthy for the long haul. Our tips will get you started.
(Arch Intern Med Published Online Feb 14, 2011: doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.18; Eur Heart J Published Online Jan 18, 2011: doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehq465)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.