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High Consumption of Ultra-Processed Food is Associated with Incident Dyslipidemia: A Prospective Study of Older Adults

Favoring the intake of ultra-processed foods may promote the occurrence of dyslipidemia in older adults.

This research work studied the incidence of dyslipidemia in older adults fond of consuming ultra-processed foods. Researchers assessed the diets and regularly measured the blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol among 1,082 Spanish men and women aged 60 years and above. 

Researchers discovered that consistent consumption of ultra-processed foods increased serum concentrations of triglycerides and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, but decreased plasma high density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Evidence from this study suggest that preference for ultra-processed foods may put an older adult at risk of suffering from dyslipidemia.

Research Summary Information

  • 2021
  • Carolina Donat-Vargas, Helena Sandoval-Insausti, Jimena Rey-García, Belén Moreno-Franco, Agneta Åkesson, Jose Ramón Banegas, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Pilar Guallar-Castillón
  • Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA)-Alimentación, Campus of International Excellence, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid + Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CEI UAM+CSIC), Madrid, Spain. Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid-IdiPaz, Biomedical Research Center Network for Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain. Unit of Nutritional Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Department of Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. Internal Medicine Department, Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, Madrid, Spain. IIS Aragón, Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. Biomedical Research Center Network for Cardiovascular (CIBERCV), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. Department of Microbiology, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health of the University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain.
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