Why mid­dle-aged men should re­duce pro­tein

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WHILE eat­ing pro­tein-rich foods such as meat, poul­try, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, nuts and seeds sup­ply many nu­tri­ents, it may also be as­so­ci­ated with 33% higher risk of heart fail­ure among mid­dle-aged men, a study has found.

The re­sults showed that mid­dle-aged men with a higher in­take of diary pro­tein, such as milk, but­ter and cheese, had a 49% higher risk of heart fail­ure. How­ever, pro­teins from fish and eggs were not as­so­ci­ated with the risk, the re­searchers said.

Con­sump­tion of an­i­mal pro­tein was found to in­crease the risk con­sump­tion of an­i­mal pro­tein by 43%, while eat­ing plant pro­tein raised the risk by 17%.

“Higher in­take of pro­tein from most di­etary sources was as­so­ci­ated with slightly higher risk. Only pro­teins from fish and eggs were not as­so­ci­ated with heart fail­ure risk,” said Jyrki Vir­ta­nen from the Univer­sity of East­ern Fin­landKuo­pio.

“Ear­lier stud­ies had linked di­ets high in pro­tein – es­pe­cially from an­i­mal sources – with in­creased risks of Type 2 di­a­betes and even death,” Vir­ta­nen said. The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Cir­cu­la­tion: Heart Fail­ure, in­cluded 2 441 men, aged be­tween 42 and 60 years, who were ex­am­ined over a pe­riod of 22 years.

The par­tic­i­pants were di­vided into four groups based on their daily pro­tein in­take and the higher pro­tein con­sum­ing group was com­pared to the lower.

The re­sults showed that for the 334 cases of heart fail­ure cases di­ag­nosed dur­ing the study, 70% of the pro­tein from an­i­mal sources and 27.7% from plant sources were ac­count­able.

The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends a di­etary pat­tern that in­cludes a va­ri­ety of fruits and veg­eta­bles, whole grains, low­fat dairy prod­ucts, poul­try, fish, beans, non-trop­i­cal veg­etable oils and nuts, and lim­its in­take of sweets, su­gary bev­er­ages and red meats.

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