A Healthy Diet Can Combat Genetic Risk Of Heart Disease

Choosing a diet rich in raw vegetables, fruits, and berries may be able to reduce the risk of heart disease, even in people who have a common genetic trait known to nearly double their risk. James C. Engert, a genetic epidemiologist at McGill University in Montreal, said the effects of diet on heart attack have been well known for a long time but how a good diet can actually lower your susceptibility to these diseases is not well understood. Engert’s study looked at the records of 3,820 people who suffered heart attacks between 1999 and 2003 and compared them to 4,294 healthy people. The research found that people who reported eating the healthiest diets were half as likely to develop heart disease as those eating a diet high in fats and carbohydrates, even in those who had the dangerous genetic variation. The study suggests that people eating a healthy diet can reverse the effects of a genetic predisposition to heart disease. More here.

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