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Not having meat reduces risk of heart disease by half, says study

14 November 2017

A recent analysis of one of the largest and lengthiest researches of the country revealed that drinking coffee leads to lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure. And at least another cup in the afternoon, to get me out of that post-lunch slump that makes me want to put my head on my desk and take a nap.

The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California.

The researchers identified that of the above discussed five dietary patterns, the plant-based dietary pattern was found to be greatly linked to a 42% reduced risk of incident heart failure over the four years of the study after being adjusted for race, sex, age of patients, and other risk factors.

Drinking coffee also cut women's chance of a stroke by 30 per cent and men's by 17 per cent.

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The algorithm can identify patterns which otherwise would be hard to spot, given the huge amount of data they used.

The researchers found that each additional cup of coffee drunk per week was associated with a lower risk of heart failure and stroke compared to those who consumed no coffee.

The findings about coffee consumption came about after re-analysing data from the Framingham Heart Study, a long-running United States investigation of heart disease risk factors involving thousands of participants.

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The same association between drinking coffee and a lowered risk of heart failure and stroke was found after analyzing the additional data, confirming the results indicated by machine learning.

Having the breakfast brew could lower the risk of a stroke by eight per cent and heart failure by seven per cent, with increased reductions dependent on how much you have.

The machine result also pointed to red meat being a risk factor in heart failure and stroke, but due to differing definitions of red meat, they could not draw the same conclusion across all three studies. Instead, they suggest replacing it with chicken, fish, and beans. They were looking for previously unidentified risk factors for heart failure and stroke.

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In a study conducted by Dr Kyla Lara, experts examined five diets which ranged from red meats, to plant based food, candies and alcohol over four years. They hope that machine learning methods will be effective in uncovering hitherto unknown culprits.

"In an ideal world, we would be able to predict cardiovascular disease and stroke with 100% accuracy long before the occurrence of the event", said first author Laura Stevens, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in an email to TIME.

"The risk assessment tools we now use for predicting whether someone might develop heart disease, particularly heart failure or stroke, are very good but they are not 100 per cent accurate".

Not having meat reduces risk of heart disease by half, says study