Can intake of dairy and vegetables predict the risk of cardiovascular disease in diabetics?
Diabetics are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels and can lead to heart failure or stroke. The most common cause of narrow arteries is due to the formation of fats on the walls of arteries. This leads to increased stiffness of the arteries and this stiffness can indicate whether a patient may develop CVD. Current methods to measure arterial stiffness include pulse wave velocity, which is a measure of how fast the pressure waves move in the blood vessels in order to move the blood along. However, intake of certain foods such as dairy products and vegetables may also be able to predict
A higher intake of reduced-fat dairy products, particularly yoghurt, and a higher intake of vegetables were associated with a lower arterial stiffness.
This study concluded that a greater consumption of reduced-fat dairy products and vegetables may be associated with lower arterial stiffening, which could reduce the risk of cardivascular event
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