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Issue # 60.2 - Heart Health
Fish Consumption and Heart Health
The consumption of fish decreases the risk of sudden death, but because heart rate is positively associated with the risk of sudden death, a recently published study explored the relationship between fish consumption and heart rate.
9,785 men (age 50 - 59) were recruited for a cross-sectional analysis that was conducted over a period of two years between 1991 and 1993. The subjects were assigned to one of four groups, depending on the frequency of their fish consumption. Heart rate and CHD risk factors were compared among the four categories.
The results showed that fish consumption is inversely related to heart rate and it was concluded that this might explain the lower risk of sudden death among fish consumers.
Circulation. 2003 Aug 11.
The Health Benefits of Whole Grains
A recent report published by the Nutrition Society commented on the importance of consuming whole-grains and reviewed their association with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
The authors suggest that whole-grains may be one of the healthiest choices individuals can make to reduce the risk for ASCVD. Evidence from epidemiological studies indicates that people with the highest levels of whole-grain intake have a 29% lower risk for ASCVD than people with the lowest intake of whole-grain.
Diets rich in whole-grains may favourably modify blood pressure, antioxidant status and levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol, homocysteine and triacylglycerol.
The authors recommended that at least three daily servings of whole-grains be consumed in order for the provision of the associated benefits.
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2003), 62, 135-142.