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Fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4490

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The association between eating more fruit and vegetables and reduction in mortality, especially related to cancer and cardiovascular disease, is well established in this paper. One of the major challenges, however, is how we can translate this into practice.

With an increasing elderly population this poses difficulties for individuals who may no longer possess the physiological fitness required to source, prepare and consume fresh fruit and vegetables. More therefore needs to be done to help us understand how we can improve the diets of older people to prevent an increasing health burden which could be solved through simply eating more fruit and vegetables.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 August 2014
James M Read
ST3 Geriatric Medicine / General Internal Medicine
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH