Post MI: Increasing Dietary Fiber Decreased Mortality

Shanshan Li, Doctoral candidate Department of Epidemiology Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115, USAMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Shanshan Li, Doctoral candidate
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115, USA


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

Answer: This is the first study to show that greater intake of dietary fiber,
especially cereal fiber, was inversely associated with all-cause
mortality. Participants increased their average dietary fiber intake
after myocardial infarction (MI), and the greater the increase, the lower was the risk of
subsequent all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Overall, the
benefits for increased fiber intake were strongest for fiber from
cereal and grain sources.


MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Answer: Even after myocardial infarction there are still additional benefits from increasing fiber intake on mortality.

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

Answer: Following an MI event, myocardial infarction patients might consider increase their dietary fiber intake and consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables,
legumes and non-refined grains.

Citation:

Dietary fiber intake and mortality among survivors of myocardial infarction:
prospective cohort study

Li S ,Flint A ,Pai JK ,Forman JP ,Hu FB ,Willett WC ,et al. Dietary fiber intake and mortality among survivors of myocardial infarction: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2014;348:g2659

 

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