Your Heart’s Future is shaped by your Diet
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on August 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM EST

Now, I am a huge fan of Health and the BBC so when I saw this article on there, I knew I had to report it to all you Gamers on GamerFitNation. Its a very eye opening study that deserves to be given awareness to everyone. So let’s look at how eating more calories is better for your heart.

There has been research suggested that growing up without getting the right amount of calories may lead to a higher risk of heart disease after 50 years on. Apparently individuals that lived on 400 to 800 calories a day were 27%  higher risk of heart disease in later life. These Netherland researchers report that this is  the first direct evidence early nutrition may shape heart health, as they reported in the European Heart Journal.

They were able to study these effects due to a Dutch famine in 1944-45 that gave researchers in Holland a unique opportunity to study the long-term effects of severe malnutrition in childhood and adolescence. This may seem a little inhumane but it was worth a good cause.

Researchers had to deal with a lot of factors which “included failed crops, a harsh winter and the war - which caused thousands of deaths among people living in the west of The Netherlands”.

They followed the women who were ages 10 to 17 up until 2007. “The team, from the University Medical Center Utrecht and the University of Amsterdam, found those who were severely affected by the famine had a 27% greater risk of developing heart disease than those who had had enough to eat.”~BBC

That was a brief overview of the study that was conducted and below I posted the findings of the study.

Diet impact

“Annet van Abeelen told the BBC: “The most important message is that it is good to realise that disturbing the development of children through acute malnutrition can have implications for later adult health.’

“It’s not only the short-term direct consequences that matter. Even 50 years later, there is still a higher risk of adult coronary heart disease.”

Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietitian for the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study showed a link between children and young adults experiencing famine and the likelihood of them developing heart disease later on in life.

“Although it wasn’t clear exactly what changes occurred in the body to increase the risk, this highlights how our environment can have a long-term impact upon our heart health.

“Fortunately, the problems of famine seen in other countries have not been an issue in the UK in recent times. But that doesn’t make this study irrelevant for us.

“It adds to the importance of providing a healthy diet for children and young people because of the way it can shape their future heart health.”

Thanks to BBC for the great health information!


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  • Fredolopez

    really interesting, never thought this could effect me in the long run!!!

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