High Protein Intake Can Lead to Heart Failure in Women Over 50
Uh oh, ladies. If you are eating a diet high in animal protein, your heart could be at risk, according to a new study. Researchers found that postmenopausal women who ate high amounts of protein – especially from meat – had higher incidents and risks of heart failure when compared to those who ate more moderate levels and vegetable-based protein.
The study, presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific conference earlier this month, followed 103,878 women over the age of 50 over a span of five years. After adjusting the findings to accommodate for race, education, ethnicity and heart disease risks such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and anemia, researchers still found a link. The risk of developing heart failure over time almost doubled for women with high protein intakes.
Dr. Mohamad Barbour, lead author of the study and internist at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said:
“It appears that a high-protein diet may increase the risk of heart failure among postmenopausal women; however, more research will be needed.”
One factor to consider is that “people who eat high vegetable proteins may also have a healthier lifestyle,” which could contribute to the stark differences between the groups. More research is necessary to figure out all the factors at play, but one thing is sure: high animal protein intake does not do a body good.
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