The headline said: “Study finds good diet overcomes bad genes.” While that may seem like a no brainer to people who are careful about what they eat and aware of the importance of nutrition, it’s very compelling.
Researchers did a case-controlled study of over 8,000 men and women of varying ethnic backgrounds comparing those who had had an acute non-fatal heart attack to similar subjects without heart disease. They focused attention on a specific gene variant known to be a strong marker for cardiovascular disease.
Their findings showed that subjects who had this genetic variation whose intake of vegetables and fruit was low had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those whose intake was high.
They concluded that cardiovascular disease is minimized by consuming a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. While they don’t fully understand how this works, the important interplay between genes and diet in heart disease is something we should all consider carefully.