Poor Diet: The Biggest Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

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Poor diet is now responsible for almost half of all Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) deaths. CVD includes all conditions that affect blood vessels and the heart. Some examples may include heart failure, heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. In 2012, the World Health Organization announced that CVD was the cause of approximately seventeen and a half million deaths around the globe. This accounts for about thirty one percent of all deaths in this year. Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington examined data from the 1990-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and food availability data from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. After collecting this information, they examined the amount of CVD deaths in 2015, and quantified how a poor diet can contribute to these fatalities.
The team concluded that a low intake of nuts/seeds as well as vegetables were the biggest risk factors regarding diet, and accounted for about eleven and a half percent of deaths. The rest of the deaths that had to do with dietary factors involved a low intake of whole grains, or an excess intake of salt. The researchers suggest a diet change in the United States population, as it can lead to a much lower risk of cardiovascular death.

Post Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316264.php

Image Source: UCSD Cardiology Dept

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