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Dietary Fat and Cholesterol and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study

Avid consumption of eggs and other cholesterol-containing foods may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly men and women.

This study examined the influence of high intake of fatty and cholesterol-rich foods on the incidence of cardiovascular diseases among older men and women. The study population consisted of more than 1,900 men and women within the age bracket of 70-79 years. All the participants were followed for 9 years. 

Researchers noted that participants on diets high in egg and other cholesterol-containing foods exhibited high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This study suggests that high cholesterol diet may increase an elderly individual's predisposition to cardiovascular disease.

Research Summary Information

  • 2011
  • D K Houston , J Ding, J S Lee, M Garcia, A M Kanaya, F A Tylavsky, A B Newman, M Visser, S B Kritchevsky, Health ABC Study
  • Sticht Center on Aging, Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC 27157, USA. dhouston@wfubmc.edu
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
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