People who consume more red meat and fish are at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study.
The study of more than 3,000 people, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found that those who ate more saturated fat were more likely to have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
“It seems the evidence suggests that eating a lot of red meat or fish and limiting saturated fat may have a beneficial effect on your blood cholesterol levels,” said lead author Dr. David Ludwig, of the University of Washington.
The researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study, a long-running study that has tracked the health of nearly 17,000 men and women for more than 40 years.
They found that men who consumed the most red meat, which includes hamburgers, sausage, bacon and sausages, were 40% more likely than those who didn’t to have a higher blood pressure, higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and a higher waist circumference.
The higher the meat consumption, the more saturated fats people were eating.
People who ate the most processed foods, including processed fruit, vegetables, breads, pasta and other baked goods, were also at higher risk.
The results could be a warning for people who are already on a low-fat diet and are trying to reduce their cholesterol levels.
“What this means is that if you are looking to improve your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, it’s important to limit your consumption of processed foods,” said Ludwig.
“You don’t want to increase your intake of saturated fats, and you don’t need to limit the amount of red meats or fish you eat.”
Ludwig said the research was “interesting,” and the results could also help people who have cardiovascular disease, a common cause of death.
The findings were also an indication that a low fat diet can improve blood pressure without changing any other major health issues.
“People who are eating more saturated meat, especially processed meats, might be at increased risk of having a higher level of blood pressure or having a lower blood pressure in the future,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Sarah Buhl.
The data comes as the country is looking at what to do about a diet high in processed meats.
Some health experts are concerned that the trend toward low-carb diets and the associated rise in the number of obesity deaths could lead to a spike in cardiovascular disease deaths, especially among people who already have a high blood cholesterol level.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that diet is not a good predictor of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers looked at a range of lifestyle factors and concluded that low-carbers may be more likely if they have a history of hypertension and diabetes.
They also found a link between high blood pressures and heart disease risk, particularly among older adults.
The authors of that study, led by Dr. Michael Schatz, an assistant professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo, New York, concluded that lifestyle factors could be the reason why people with hypertension and other risk factors are more likely not to reach the weight loss goals that are associated with a low cholesterol and low-sugar diet.
“The results suggest that lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and eating more fruits and vegetables, are not necessarily sufficient to prevent cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease-related death,” Schatz said in a news release.
“We need to take care of these other risk behaviors to keep our blood cholesterol under controlled.”