-- Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that
middle-age and younger adults who eat high amounts of fiber are
less likely to suffer from heart disease over their lives.
The findings add to existing research that links high-fiber
diets to lower rates of high blood pressure, obesity and high
Researchers from Northwestern University came to the conclusion
after studying the results of a 2003-2008 survey of 11,079 people,
all aged 20 and older, with an average age of 46. About half were
women, 22 percent were black and 27 percent were
The researchers divided the study participants into four groups
based on how much fiber they ate a day and then predicted their
lifetime risk for heart disease based on such factors as blood
pressure and whether they smoked.
In people 20 to 39 years old as well as those 40 to 59 years
old, those who consumed the most fiber had a significantly lower
risk for cardiovascular disease than those with the least intake of
fiber, the study found.
The findings were to be presented Tuesday in Atlanta at an
American Heart Association scientific session on nutrition,
physical activity, metabolism and cardiovascular disease
epidemiology and prevention. Research presented at meetings should
be considered preliminary until it has been subjected to the
rigorous scrutiny required for publication in peer-reviewed medical
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on
adding fiber to the diet.
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