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It is a very sad commentary on health care in America that the top selling class of drugs, atypical anti-psychotic medications, is routinely prescribed by doctors for uses that have no valid science of benefit or FDA approval.  It is even more disturbing to understand the consequence of this situation is death by heart attack.  Australian researchers1 have now pinpointed the mechanism involved, and not surprisingly, many drugs increase the risk based on the reason identified. (more…)

Proof That These Foods Could Protect Against Heart Disease

A new study has found that eating more fruit and vegetables translates into a lower risk of dying from heart disease. This is a significant point, as heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death. So hit the fruit and vegetable aisle of the supermarket and find items that will protect your heart and help prolong your life.

The study is published online in the “European Heart Journal.”

The data, which come from the “European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition” (EPIC), show that people who ate at least eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those eating fewer than three portions a day. One portion was defined as weighing 80 grams — or, one small banana, a medium apple, or a small carrot.

The information comes from more than 300,000 people in eight different European countries. Among them, 1,636 died of heart disease. It shows a four percent lower risk of dying from ischemic heart disease (IHD) for each extra fruit or vegetable eaten past two a day. For example, someone eating five portions a day has a four percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than someone eating four portions a day.

IHD is a disease involving reduced blood supply to the heart. It can lead to angina, heart attack, or heart failure.

The study lasted from 1992 to 2000, spread across 10 countries. Participants were between 40 and 85 years of age. They were tracked for an average of nearly eight and a half years. It found that the average intake of fruit and vegetables was five portions a day.

While the study is limited in some ways, there is one main message to cull from it: People who regularly eat multiple fruit and vegetable servings each day have added protection against dying from the world’s leading cause of death. A reduction of 22%, as mentioned earlier, is “huge” according to the researchers.

 

By Victor Marchione, M.D. on 02/01/2011