A Woman’s Heart
Apr 04, 2011 06:47PM
By Pat Perry
Exciting research published in the October 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that women who adopt a low-risk lifestyle significantly reduced their risk of heart attack up to 92 percent compared with findings in women with no low-risk lifestyle factors.
The study (conducted by Dr. Agneta Akesson, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues) analyzed dietary patterns in 24,444 postmenopausal women using food frequency questionnaires that supplied information about how often they ate 96 common foods.
A low-risk lifestyle is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish and legumes (which contain fiber, antioxidant vitamins and minerals associated with reduced risk for coronary heart disease, the researchers note), in combination with moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking, maintaining proper weight and being physically active.
"The combined benefit of diet, lifestyle, and healthy body weight may prevent more than three of four cases of heart attack in our study population," Dr. Akesson and colleagues report.
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