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People consuming the most protein from meat were 61% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease
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The one-fifth of people consuming the most protein from meat were 61% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease over an average follow-up of 9.4 years compared to the one-fifth of people consuming the least according to a new study from researchers at Loma Linda University.
This was after adjusting for lifestyle factors.
“Associations between the ‘Meat’ and ‘Nuts & Seeds’ protein factors and cardiovascular outcomes were strong and could not be ascribed to other associated nutrients considered to be important for cardiovascular health,” the study concluded.
“Our results suggest that healthy choices can be advocated based on protein sources, specifically preferring diets low in meat intake and with a higher intake of plant proteins from nuts and seeds.”
Subjects: 81,337 men and women
The study selected 81,337 men and women from the Adventist Health Study-2.
Diet was assessed between 2002 and 2007 using a validated food frequency questionnaire.
Thank you to Michael Anchors, MD, PhD for sending me this study.
Tharrey M, Mariotti F, Mashchak A, Barbillon P, Delattre M, and Fraser GE. Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: the Adventist Health Study-2 cohort. Int J Epidemiol, 2018 Oct 1; 47(5): 1603-1612.
Author’s Contact Info
Gary E Fraser
Adventist Health Studies
School of Public Health
24951 N Circle Dr, NH 2033
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA
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