Processesed Red Meat Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Failure

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr inz. Joanna Kaluza
Department of Human Nutrition
Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW
Warsaw POLAND

Medical Research: What are the main findings of the study?

Response: The most important finding of my study is the fact that processed red meat consumption, but not unprocessed red meat, increases a risk of Heart Failure incidence and Heart Failure mortality.

Medical Research: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Response: Our findings are in accordance with the previously reported positive associations between processed red meat consumption and risk of other cardiovascular diseases and cancer so when we started to analyze data we expected to receive such results.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: To prevent risk of heart failure and other cardiovascular disease, people should reduce consumption of red meat to the minimum and avoid consumption of processed meat, include to the diet more fruit, vegetables, whole grain products as well as focus on higher fish consumption. Moreover, we should not forget about being active every day.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Our results should be confirm by other studies: conducted among other populations with different levels of red meat consumption (we have studied men with low to moderate red meat consumption), among women, and other ethnic groups and age groups.

Citation:

Processed and Unprocessed Red Meat Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Prospective Study of Men

Joanna Kaluza, Agneta Åkesson, and Alicja Wolk

Circ Heart Fail. 2014;CIRCHEARTFAILURE.113.000921published online before print June 12 2014, doi:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.113.000921