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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.

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