A new study suggests that a healthy diet is directly linked to a longer life, as eating poorly increases one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Researchers who led the study looked at death certificate data collected by a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers observed the circumstances of various cardiometabolic-related deaths that occurred in 2012.
Research shows that more than 702,000 cardiometabolic deaths occurred in US adults in 2012. Out of that total, more than 506,000 represent deaths resulting from heart disease. The total also included 128,000 cases resulting from strokes, and 68,000 cases resulting from type 2 diabetes.
The research found their analysis points out some of the key flaws that are common in peoples’ diet.
The highest proportions of cardiometabolic deaths were estimated to be related to excess sodium intake, insufficient intake of nuts/seeds, high intake of processed meats, and low intake of seafood omega-3 fats.
Out of the 700,000 cardiometabolic instances measured, 9.5% of deaths were related to high sodium. In addition, 8%-8.5% of deaths were related to low amounts of nuts/seeds, high processed meats, and low omega-3 fats. Finally, 7.5% of the cases were related to lacking fruits or vegetables.
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