Study: Poor Diet to Blame for Nearly Half of Heart Disease Deaths
A new study led by Dr. Ashkan Afshin of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington shows that a lack of healthy foods and high intake of unhealthy foods contributed to over 415,000 cardiovascular disease deaths in the U.S. in 2015.
“Low intake of healthy foods such as nuts, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits combined with higher intake of unhealthy dietary components, such as salt and trans-fat, is a major contributor to deaths from cardiovascular disease in the United States,” Afshin said.
“Our results show that nearly half of cardiovascular disease deaths in the United States can be prevented by improving diet.”
Results of the study were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.
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