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June 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 4)

Too much meat raises heart failure risk—if you’re a woman
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Too much meat raises heart failure risk—if you’re a woman image

Men and women really are different—especially when it comes to eating meat. Women who eat a lot of meat are more likely than men to suffer heart failure, and vegetable protein is a much healthier option for them, new research has discovered.

The risk seems to be greater in older women who are aged 50 or over and are post-menopausal, say researchers from the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. They studied the health and diets of 103,878 women, aged between 50 and 79, for five years; in that time, 1,711 women developed heart failure, and the risk was far greater in those who ate a lot of meat.

The risk was the same regardless of race, age and ethnicity, or if the women had a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, anaemia or atrial fibrillation (abnormally fast heart beat).

Those who ate more vegetables had a lower risk of heart failure, and researchers think that vegetable protein could be protective.

Heart failure is common in post-menopausal women, but the risk could be reduced by eating more vegetables, say researchers.


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(Source: proceedings of the American Heart Association scientific sessions 2016, November 14, 2016)

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