A large study of men suggests fried food consumption is associated with a higher risk of heart failure, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting. Studies have shown eating fried foods can lead to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Researchers in this study looked at the association between frequency of fried food consumption and heart failure by analyzing the findings of a study of 15,362 male physicians in the U.S., who had reported their frequency of fried food consumption during a three-year period. In an average follow up of 9.6 years, there were 632 new heart failure cases. Researchers found compared to those who reported eating fried food less than once a week:
- Men who ate it one to three times a week were an average 23 percent more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure during follow up;
- Those who ate it four to six times a week had an average 26 percent higher risk; and
- Those eating fried foods seven times and more a week were 100 percent more likely to develop heart failure.
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