High-Fiber Diet Helps Heart Attack Survivors Live Longer
If you’re not eating a healthy plant-based diet yet, here’s yet another reason why cruelty-free foods can help save you along with the animals and the planet.
Based on the Nurses’ Health Study of 121,700 female nurses and the Health Professional Follow-up Study of 51,529 male health professionals, researchers looked at 2,258 women and 1,840 men who endured a heart attack during the course of the two studies and followed them for nearly nine years after the cardiac event. During the follow-up period, the individuals who consumed the most fiber had a 25 percent lower risk of dying versus those who did not, with a 15 percent lower risk of death added on for every fiber increase of 10 grams per day.
The participants completed questionnaires on their lifestyle habits every two years, and the data was compiled based on these self-reports. Strangely, only high-fiber cereal intake was linked to the greatest survival rate after heart attack, but we know that other high-fiber foods, like fruits and vegetables, have incredible health benefits. Diets loaded with high-fiber foods have the potential to lower blood-pressure, decrease obesity and diabetes risks and enhance blood lipid levels.
The researchers postulate, “Future research on lifestyle changes post-[heart attack] should focus on a combination of lifestyle changes and how they may further reduce mortality rates beyond what is achievable by medical management alone.” Want to get more fiber into your diet? Try prunes, pears, walnuts, almonds, navy beans, black beans, broccoli, carrots, quinoa or any of the plant-based foods from this list of 14 high-fiber foods you should be eating.
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