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EGG-CELLENT: Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal Heart. Daily consumers also had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease when compared to those who did not eat eggs. In a large scale study carried out in China, those who ate up to one a day had a 26% lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke, 28% lower risk of haemorrhagic stroke death and an 18% lower risk of cardiovascular disease death. FRAILTY AND THE HEART: Older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, say researchers. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped to reduce frailty, as well as dementia, chronic pain, and other disabling conditions of old age. Researchers said many perceive frailty to be an inevitable consequence of ageing — but their study found that severe frailty was 85% less likely in those with cardiovascular risk factors that were near ideal. Their findings, which are published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, also showed that those with fewer heart disease risk factors were much less likely to have other conditions unrelated to the heart — including chronic pain, incontinence, falls, fractures, and dementia. The team said it showed that what has previously been considered inevitable could in fact be prevented or delayed through earlier and better recognition and treatment of cardiac disease, meaning people can maintain function and independence in later life. DIET ON VEG: Cutting back on meat and eating more vegetables could help prevent obesity among the middle-aged and elderly, a study suggests. Reducing the amount of animal products and sticking to a more plant-based diet was found to be linked to lower body mass index (BMI), body fat and waist circumference among adults over 45. The study, by researchers from Erasmuc MC Rotterdam in the Netherlands, will be presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria.