Increasing Fruit and Vegetables in Diet Decreases Risk of Early Death

Dr Oyinlola Oyebode Specialist Registrar in Public Health Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health University College London London WC1E 6BT MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr Oyinlola Oyebode
Specialist Registrar in Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health
University College London

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. Oyebode: We found that the more fruit and vegetables consumed, the lower the risk of death from any cause, from cancer or from heart disease or stroke. We found that vegetables were better than fruit at equivalent amounts.

MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Dr. Oyebode: The size of the effect was larger than we had predicted.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report? ‚Äč

Dr. Oyebode: However many portions of fruit and vegetables you are eating now, eat more to reduce your risk of an early death. Clinicians may wish to encourage their patients to increase their fruit and vegetable intake as part of a healthy diet.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Oyebode: We want to know more about the health benefits of different types of fruit and vegetables. Further research on how to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables would also be useful.

 

Citation:

Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data

Oyinlola Oyebode, Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu, Alice Walker, Jennifer S Mindell

J Epidemiol Community Health jech-2013-203500Published Online First: 31 March 2014 doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203500