Eating Fish And Veggies May Lower Risk Of Death, Study Suggests

Jose Florez

It seems like there's a reason why the majority of Asians are always eating fish and veggies.

According to a study published in Circulation, researchers have found a link between 60-year-old men and women with high levels of polyunsaturated fats -- the healthy fats -- and lower risks of heart disease and subsequently, a longer life.

More than four thousand 60-year-old men and women were tested by researchers. The study found that the participants with the highest blood levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) had a lower chance of dying from heart disease or any cause of death. The difference was about 15 years more than those with lower levels of PUFAs.

The study, which tested different types of fat, followed half of the nearly 4,1000 Swedish men and women for a minimum of 14 and half years -- until their death for some. According to the study, out of the 2,193 Swedish women who participated, 191 of them died. Meanwhile, out of the 2,039 men who participated, 265 of them died. In addition, a similar number for both genders suffered from heart disease or cardiovascular complications, AsiaOne reported on Sunday.

Moreover, monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are said by experts to promote healthy cholesterol levels. These types of "good" fats can be found in fish, olives, avocados, walnuts, and even liquid vegetable olds, among other types of food.

Furthermore, the study suggests that women who showed higher levels of ALA were more at risk of cardiovascular disease than those with lower levels -- which surprised most researchers. Curiously, however, researchers are warning that these findings don't coordinate with other studies, further suggesting that high levels of ALA could just be the result of low muscle mass, migraines or other health conditions.

Dr. Ulf Riserus, a nutrition researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden and a senior study author gave the following statement, Reuters noted.

"The study supports current dietary guidelines that advise having sufficient intake of both fish and vegetable oils in a heart-healthy diet."
"It is not so clear why there were differences between men and women but it could simply be due to sample size differences and the differences in baseline risk for men and women."

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