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Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1246 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1246

Re: Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)

Diet -heart hypothesis which suggest the intake of larger amounts of linoleic acid(LA) may promote or help reduce cadiovascular events. Soyabean oil is prescribed as a good source of LA and recommended its intake for a good cardiovascular health. Diet is one of the many components that go to harm or exert its beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. It has multiple factors like life-style (obesity, sedentary or active), type of personality, hypertension, family history, dyslipidemia and diabetes. If one has to promote the well-being of a cardiovascular patients- it has to be holistic approach. Diet is one of the factors that may help alleviate the condition,. When one promotes the intake of LA - it has to be remembered that it will generate free radicals that will harm the cardiac health. One has to therefore remember that along with LA intake anitoxidant intake must be increased to counter the harmful effects of free radicals generated from poly unsaturated fatty acids. There is no single panacea for maintaining cardiovascular health. It may be true that diet-heart hypothesis which promotes greater intake of omega-6 fatty acids may be true . It has to be balanced by holistic approach to nullify other risk factors related to cardiac health,

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20 April 2016
Dhastagir S Sheriff
Professor
Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Melmaruvathur, TN,India