Sumary of Listen up, ladies! Peanuts may lower cardiovascular disease, finds study:
- Listen to this article According to a new study, Asian men and women living in Japan who ate peanuts (on average 4-5 peanuts/day) had a lower risk of having an ischemic stroke or a cardiovascular disease event compared to those who did not eat peanuts.
- The findings of the study were published in ‘Stroke’, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
- “We showed for the first time a reduced risk for ischemic stroke incidence associated with higher peanut consumption in an Asian population,” said lead study author Satoyo Ikehara, PhD, specially appointed associate professor of public health in the department of social medicine at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Suita, Japan.
- “Our results suggest that adding peanuts to your diet has a beneficial effect on the prevention of ischemic stroke,” added Ikehara.
- Researchers examined the frequency of how often people reported eating peanuts in relation to stroke occurrence and cardiovascular disease.
- The analysis included people who were recruited in two phases, in 1995 and 1998-1999, for a total of more than 74,000 Asian men and women, ages 45 to 74, from the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study.
- The incidences of stroke and ischemic heart disease were determined by linking with 78 participating hospitals in the areas included in the study.
- Researchers adjusted for other health conditions, smoking, diet, alcohol consumption and physical activity, as detailed by participants in the questionnaires.