Healthy diet reduces heart disease risk in over-40s

19 March 2015

Adhering to the UK's dietary guidelines could significantly reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke over the age of 40, a new study has reported.

The research, conducted by King's College London, found that keeping a diet that meets the national recommendations could reduce the risk of up to a third.

The team looked at healthy middle-aged and older men and women to compare the effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) of following a UK-recommended diet. The predicted risk of CVD over the next ten years was estimated to be about eight per cent in male participants and four per cent in females.

In the randomised controlled trial, the researchers measured the blood pressure, vascular function and CVD risk factors in 162 healthy non-smoking men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. 

Adherence to the dietary advice was confirmed with dietary records and blood and urine tests. The average body weight in the group who followed the modified diet fell by 1.3 kg, while the control group rose by 0.6 kg after 12 weeks.

The team concluded that, based on the study's findings, healthy men and women aged 40 and over who adapt their daily diet to meet UK guidelines significantly reduce their risk of heart disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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