High-Protein Diet Raises Heart Risk in Older Women
Early research shows that women over age 50 who follow a diet high in protein from meat may have an increased risk for heart failure. The research was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.
For the study, researchers analyzed the self-reported daily diet information of 103,878 women between 50 and 79 years old, from 1993 to 1998. During the study period, 1.711 women developed heart failure. Heart failure rates were substantially higher in women who consumed the most protein from meat sources—regardless of other risk factors for the condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
More research is needed to investigate these results further because dietary information was self-reported using the Food Frequency Questionnaire and may not be completely accurate. According to researchers, this preliminary study indicates that a healthy diet may help reduce the risk for heart problems in postmenopausal women.
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