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Heart Disease Prevention and Cancer Prevention

Posted on August 11, 2013

Lifestyle and Diet impacts Heart Disease Prevention and Cancer risks

What we eat and our health risks are known to be linked. And some recent evidence from Spain adds more to this, commenting particularly on the mediterranean diet – with implications for heart disease prevention and cancer prevention.

People who regularly include nuts as part of their diet reduce their risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the journal “BMC Medicine”.

This evidence comes on the back of a nutrition trial based in Spain, analysed more than 7,000 people aged between 55 and 90 years. Researchers concluded that those who ate extra nuts and olive oil, compared with a control group following a regular low-fat diet, fared better. Professor Jordi Salas-Salvad of the “Universitat Rovira i Virgili” said, “Quite how nuts are able to prevent premature mortality is not entirely clear” and went on to comment about walnuts in particular which “have particularly high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals, especially in their ‘skin,’ both of which, along with fibre and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may contribute to their healthy effect.”

Reducing risks for heart disease with a combination of understanding risk factors, regular health screening and a healthy lifestyle is a combination that is attracting increasing research.