Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fiber-Full Diet Lengthens Life

By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Getting lots of dietary fiber appears to reduce the risk of dying -- particularly from cardiovascular, infectious, or respiratory diseases -- according to a large observational study.

The study of more than 500,000 people found those with the highest dietary fiber intake -- an average of 29.4 grams per day for men and 25.8 for women -- had a 22% lower risk of dying from any cause over nine years of follow-up compared with those with the lowest fiber intake -- a mean of 12.6 grams per day for men and 10.8 for women -- (P<0.001 for trend), Yikyung Park, ScD, of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., and colleagues found.

Higher fiber consumption lowered the risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases by 24% to 56% in men and by 34% to 59% in women, Park and co-authors reported online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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