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(US) Early low-fat diet improves children's heart health

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  • soulveggie
    FYI, Mark -- blogsite: http://www.soulveggie.com -- Early low-fat diet improves children s heart health www.chinaview.cn 2005-12-06 09:43:42 BEIJING, Dec. 6
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2006
      FYI, Mark

      blogsite: http://www.soulveggie.com

      "Early low-fat diet improves children's heart health

      www.chinaview.cn 2005-12-06 09:43:42

      BEIJING, Dec. 6 -- Previous reports have shown that early dietary
      interventions can improve cholesterol levels in children, and now new
      research adds to this by showing that blood-vessel function is also
      enhanced, at least in boys.

      The findings, which appear in the American Heart Association's journal
      Circulation, are based on a study of 1062 healthy 11-year-old children
      who were either put on a low saturated fat diet or and unrestricted
      diet starting in infancy.

      Somewhat fewer than 200 children in each diet group had the elasticity
      of the interior walls (or endothelium) of their veins and arteries
      measured by using ultrasound to look at dilation of the blood vessels
      under various circumstances.

      The low-fat diet was associated with better endothelial function in
      boys and girls, but this was significant from a statistical standpoint
      only in boys, Dr. Olli T. Raitakari, from the University of Turku in
      Finland, and colleagues note.

      "Early nutrition may play an important role in the later vascular
      health of males," Raitakari said in a statement. "It may be associated
      with less atherosclerosis and a lower future risk of cardiovascular

      As to why a significant association was not seen in girls, Raitakari
      said it may relate to "differences in sex hormone levels."

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