For women over 50, following a diet high in animal protein may increase the risk of heart failure.
This is the conclusion of a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting that investigated the effects of diet on heart failure in women ages 50 to 79 years of age. Researchers looked at the diet information submitted by over 100,000 participants over the course of five years. They found that women who ate a diet high in animal protein had a significantly higher rate of heart failure than those who ate a diet more balanced with fats and carbohydrates or higher in vegetable proteins. This remained true even when accounting for the presence of heart disease and heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, anemia and atrial fibrillation. Read more