The risk of heart disease — a leading cause of death among females — appears to be far less for middle-age women who take nutritional supplements and exercise regularly.
That was the conclusion of a new study from Taiwan of 65 women in their 50s, 31 of whom had coronary heart disease (CAD). All test subjects underwent extension medical history screening and gave blood samples. The cohort without heart disease was considered the control group.
It turned out that “The percentage of women without heart disease who used dietary supplements was more than double the percentage of those with CAD.” The most common supplements reported by the test subjects included multivitamins, B-complex, calcium, and vitamin D. Those diagnosed with CAD also were more likely to suffer with high blood pressure, and diabetes.
According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, “women who used dietary supplements … and engaged in physical activities …were less likely to develop CAD.” The study added that “Middle-aged women should be encouraged to take appropriate dietary supplements and engage in physical activity in order to prevent CAD.”
Based on these findings, study co-author C.C. Tsai, PhD, added that “It is clear that supplement use and physical activity can significantly predict CAD.”
Earlier this year, a separate study advocated the so-called Mediterranean diet as an effective deterrent to heart disease. The study claimed that following a diet dense in olive oil, fish, beans, nuts, vegetables, and fruits, can result in a 30 percent reduction in the amount of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths instigated by cardiovascular disorders.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year heart disease kills more than 600,000 in the US alone, which accounts for 25 percent of recorded deaths. Further, coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 400,00 persons each year.
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