Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and death worldwide.1 Metabolic syndrome is becoming hyperendemic and is a multifactorial risk factor for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
The ‘you are what you eat’ connection between food consumption and health outcomes is so well-established it’s practically irrefutable. Search ‘diet and disease’ on PubMed (the go-to database for scientific research) and you’ll get over 150,000 results – and that’s just one search term. There’s robust evidence that a diet rich in fruit, veg, wholegrains, fish and nuts can dial down your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke, while dietary villains like soft drinks and processed meat do the opposite. You can drill down further, and link specific nutrients to health outcomes – for instance, we know insufficient iron causes anaemia, zinc promotes immunity, while magnesium regulates blood pressure.
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Many epidemiological studies have indicated a protective role for a diet rich in fruits and vegetables against the development and progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide.
Knowledge from populations who live long healthy lives provide important insights into the factors that contribute to good health as people age.