It is a well-known fact that a combination of healthy diet and exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease. Now, a study published in the journal Circulation suggests that a good diet can have positive effects on people who are already suffering from heart disease.
The study analyzed almost 32,000 adults from 40 different countries over a period of five years. All the participants were suffering from either heart disease or diabetes mellitus. At the end of the study, researchers discovered that the risk of death from repeat heart attack or stroke in subjects who had the healthiest diets was about 35% lower than those who had the least healthy diets. Additionally, the healthy dieters had their risk of developing congestive heart failure reduced by 28%, and they were 14% less likely to experience a repeat heart attack. A healthy diet typically means high intakes of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and nuts.
Author of the study, Mashid Dehghan, a nutrition expert from the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University in Ontario, said that many people think that medication alone is enough to keep their heart health in check. They believe that their medications have already reduced their cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and therefore, there is no need for them to follow a healthy diet. This is not true.