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Low-fiber Diet Hikes Heart Risks

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:28 AM

Teens who don’t get enough fiber in their diets tend to be heavier and have other risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, researchers have found.
The study of 559 Georgia adolescents -- age 14-18 years – found they typically consume about one-third of the daily recommended amount of fiber, said Dr. Norman Pollock, a biologist at the Medical College of Georgia and the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University.
As a result, they were more likely to have more abdominal fat and higher levels of inflammatory factors, such as immune cells called cytokines, and lower levels of protective adiponection, a protein secreted by fat that helps the body use glucose and fight inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular disease.
"The simple message is adolescents need to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains," Pollock said. "We need to push recommendations to increase fiber intake."
Pollock’s study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found only about 1 percent of the adolescents consumed the recommended daily intake of 28 grams for females and 38 grams for males. It is the first to link dietary fiber intake with inflammatory markers in adolescents.
Researchers noted about 1 in 3 American adolescents are overweight or obese – nearly three times as many as in 1963, according to the American Heart Association.

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