Good news: If you have dodgy ticker, it’s all bacon, all the time


New Zealand researchers have found that eating an unhealthy diet does not increase the risk of adverse heart related event.

Patients with heart disease are no more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack if they eat a diet of fatty and sugary foods, research suggests.

But if they eat a Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables and olive oil, they can significantly reduce their chance of life-threatening complications.

Ok, so here’s the bottom line:  If you are likely to suffer a heart event, due to genetics or bad life-style, there is no reason to give up your bad life-style.   Keep on keeping on.

Once fate has picked you and tapped you on the shoulder, and you continue to eat like a forestry worker that trains and plays rugby while sitting on the couch, then you still aren’t going get any more heart events from it.   The only problem is that you may have more interesting complications.  

Evidence over many years has shown that eating too much heavily processed, sweet and deep-fried food significantly increases the risk of developing heart disease.

But the new study, which involved 15,000 participants from 39 countries, set out to establish the impact that diet has on those who already have heart disease.

The team, led by scientists in New Zealand, found that a Mediterranean diet significantly reduced the risk of suffering a major cardiovascular emergency.

They found that for every 100 patients eating this diet – which typically includes oily fish, fruit, vegetables and other unprocessed foods – there were three fewer heart attacks, strokes or deaths over the four-year study period.

A ‘Western diet’ – including refined carbohydrates, sweets and fried foods – was linked to more heart attacks than a Mediterranean diet.

But it did not increase the risk of heart emergencies when compared to the average diet of all the patients, the study said.

So there you go.

To recap  1) Keep eating bacon.  It doesn’t change the chances of you having a heart related event.  2) Once you have a heart related event, keep eating bacon.  Because for 97 out of 100 of you, it will make no difference whatsoever.

As for the 3%, you’ll die happier.



– Mail Online

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