Healthy eating initiatives could reduce CVD death rates

Kevin Magna

September 19, 2011

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have found that implementing policies to promote healthier eating habits could reduce mortality rates of those with Cardiovascular disease (CVD) by half.

According to lead researcher Simon Capewell, a poor diet is one of the highest risk factors in a person developing CVD, and by spreading awareness on what to eat, people may be able to reduce their chances of getting the disease.

Researchers found that population-wide programs in legislation and educational policies are the best way to implement such changes. For example, if the government would lower taxes on healthy foods and increase taxes on unhealthy products, people will be more enticed to buy healthy.

Capewell said there are six main food options people need to have in order to lower their chances of getting or dying from CVD. By eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, vegetable oils (in replacement of animal fats) and fish, there could be 9.2 million fewer deaths from CVD worldwide.

Caring for a loved one who suffers from CVD can be scary. Aside from purchasing better foods like lean meats and hearty vegetables, those worried about their parent while they're away can install a medical alert system into their loved one's home. The device can alert a caregiver when something is wrong.