Whole grain breakfast seems to lower heart failure risk in men

24 10 2007

wholegrain It was already known, from previous studies, that high grain consumption is linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and high blood cholesterol, and lower mortality in general.

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that the consumption of whole grain cereals for breakfast lower the risk of heart failure in man, compared to those who never or rarely eat whole grains for breakfast.

The authors explain that the lifetime risk for heart failure is about 20% for both men and women at 40 years of age. Researchers looked at the link between breakfast cereal consumption and new cases of heart failure among 21,376 males whose average age was 53.7 years. The analysis of data demonstrated that a higher intake of whole grain breakfast cereals is associated with a lower risk of heart failure. They believe this link may be because of the beneficial effects of whole grains on heart failure risk factors, such as heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

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