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Yogurt consumption may lower heart disease risk

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Yogurt consumption may lower heart disease risk
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 Image Credit : Health.com
Here is some great news for yogurt lovers. A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that eating yogurt on a regular basis may help to lower cardiovascular disease risk in hypertensive men and women. 

High blood pressure or hypertension is a major cardiovascular disease risk factor. Apart from this, it can worsen the overall health to a great length. Clinical trials have previously demonstrated useful effects of dairy consumption on cardiovascular health. Yogurt may independently be related to cardiovascular disease risk, as per the study.

"We hypothesised that long-term yogurt intake might reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems since some previous small studies had shown beneficial effects of fermented dairy products," said Justin Buendia from Boston University School of Medicine in the US.

"Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains," said Buendia.

The research included over 55,000 women (aged 30-55) with high blood pressure from the Nurses' Health Study and 18,000 men (aged 40-75) who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 per cent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction or heart attack among the Nurses' Health Study women and a 19 per cent reduction in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study men.

There were 3,300 and 2,148 total cardiovascular disease cases (myocardial infarction, stroke, and revascularisation) in the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, respectively.

Higher yogurt intake in women was associated with a 16 per cent lower risk of undergoing revascularisation, according to researchers.

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