Cut Heart Death Risk in Men
Excerpt By Adam Marcus, HealthScoutNews
of nuts twice a week, that's all your heart asks.
Men who eat nuts
regularly have roughly half the risk of sudden cardiac death as those
who don't consume the food, a new study has found. In fact, they cut
their odds of suffering other deadly heart trouble by 30 percent.
A report on the findings appears in today's issue of the Archives
of Internal Medicine.
unsaturated fats that aren't as hard on the arteries as their saturated
siblings. Some nuts have other cardiac benefits. Walnuts are rich
in alpha-linolenic acid, a form of omega-3 fatty acid that has been
shown to boost cardiovascular health and which may prevent heart
rhythm anomalies. They can also be a good source of nutrients such
as vitamin E and magnesium.
has shown that as people eat more nuts, their risk of heart disease
In the new
work, researchers led by Dr. Christine Albert of Harvard Medical
School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston compared nut consumption
with heart-related ailments in 21,454 male doctors participating
in the Physicians' Health Study. The men, aged 40 to 84 at the start
of the research project, were tracked for an average of 17 years.
Only 20 percent
of doctors in the survey said they rarely or never ate nuts. Most
of the rest said they did so either one to three times or two to
four times weekly.
those who didn't eat nuts, men who had them frequently tended to
be younger, exercised more, smoked less and drank moderate amounts
of alcohol. Even after adjusting for these heart-healthy factors,
men who said they ate at least an ounce of nuts twice a week were
about half as likely as the rest to die of sudden, fatal heart rhythm
disturbances. They also had 30 percent less chance of dying from
coronary heart disease over time -- most of which was due to the
impact on sudden cardiac death, the researchers say.
didn't seem to reduce the risk of non-fatal heart attacks or death
from congestive heart failure.
observed associations between dietary habits such as nut and fish
consumption are causal, then these dietary interventions could be
applied with little risk," the researchers wrote.
Frank Hu, a Harvard nutrition expert who has looked at the health
benefits of nuts, doesn't advise loading up on the high-calorie
foods. Rather, Hu says, people should substitute nuts for less healthful
ingredients in their diets, such as red meat or sugary snacks.
The new research
pleased representatives of the nut industry, who say they weren't
surprised by the results.
delighted to see more studies that confirm what is becoming a wide
body of knowledge that support walnuts' effects" on promoting
sound hearts and vessels, says Nicole Barnhart, a spokeswoman for
the Walnut Marketing Board in Sacramento, Calif.
Nuts are now
the nation's second favorite snack food, behind popcorn, the group
For more on
the health benefits of nuts, try
FoodFIT.com or the
International Tree Nut Council.
Reference Source 101 ...............................................................................................................