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Tag: cardiovascular disease

The Harms from Cigarette Smoking

A large study from the BMJ indicates that smokers must quit cigarettes, rather than simply cut back on them, to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Statistics demonstrated that those who smoked even one cigarette each day were still about 50% more likely to develop CVD, and 30% more likely to have a stroke, than people who had never smoked.

Cardiovascular disease, not cancer, is the greatest mortality risk for smoking, causing about 48% of smoking-related premature deaths. While the percentage of adults in the UK who smoked had been falling, the proportion of people who smoked one to five cigarettes a day had been rising steadily, researchers said.

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Health Food for the Heart

A number of studies indicate that nuts, which are typically full of nutritious fats and fiber, can actively lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Due to the food’s abundance of nutrients and antioxidants, nuts have additionally been studied to help assess their ability in fighting the damage to cells that can trigger cancer.

This health food for the heart has been further investigated in terms of helping people avoid diseases like diabetes. In an analysis of 29 studies concerning nuts and health outcomes, with a sample size of over 800,000 people, researchers conclusively found that nuts have dramatic body-wide benefits.

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