A study released today by the Journal of the American Heart Association found that “Older women who ate more plant protein had lower risk of premature, dementia related death.” The main takeaway is that “Substituting red meat, eggs or dairy products with nuts was associated with a significantly lower risk of death from all causes”.
Compared to postmenopausal women who had the least amount of plant protein intake, those with the highest amount of plant protein intake had a 9% lower risk of death from all causes, a 12% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of dementia-related death.
Higher consumption of processed red meat was associated with a 20% higher risk of dying from dementia.
Higher consumption of unprocessed meat, eggs and dairy products was associated with a 12%, 24% and 11% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, respectively.
Higher consumption of eggs was associated with a 10% higher risk of death due to cancer.
However, higher consumption of eggs was associated with a 14% lower risk of dying from dementia, while higher poultry consumption was associated with a 15% lower risk.
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In an article posted this week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Alejandro Lucia – professor of exercise physiology at the European University of Madrid concluded: “Our findings refute the notion that a physically active lifestyle can completely negate the deleterious effects of overweight and obesity.”
Obese and active participants were had double the likelihood of high cholesterol, were four times as likely to have diabetes and five times as likely to have high blood pressure when compared to normal weight but inactive participants.
“Exercise does not seem to compensate for the negative effects of excess weight,” Lucia said. “This finding was also observed overall in both men and women when they were analysed separately.”
Of course, overweight but active is a step in the right direction, but to really reduce incidence of chronic disease, it’s just as important to get weight into a healthy range as well
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“A new study led by the University of Oxford on over 90,000 participants shows that there is no upper threshold to the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease – ‘every move counts towards better cardiovascular health.” source
That’s a pretty powerful headline! Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and this study found that for both men and women, the cases of cardiovascular disease decreased as the amount of moderate and vigorous physical activity increased, with no upper limit where the effects of exercise no longer improved cardiovascular health.
There truly is no finish line when it comes to improving your health & fitness!