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Fruit consumption and physical activity in relation to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among 70,000 Chinese adults with pre-existing vascular disease

Adopting a lifestyle that promotes the intake of fruits and physical activity could extend the lifespan of patients suffering stroke, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease.

This study examined whether imbibing the habit of consuming fruits regularly and being physically active can lower mortality risk in patients with pre-existing vascular disease. Researchers used a combination of interviewer-administered electronic questionnaires and hospital records to collect information about the dietary choices, level of physical activity, and number of deaths in a study groups comprising of over 70,000 Chinese men and women diagnosed with hypertension, stroke, and ischemic heart disease. 

Researchers noted a significant reduction in the odds of dying from stroke, ischemic heart disease, and complications of hypertension among participants with high level of physical activity and fruit intake. This study demonstrated that exercising regularly and ingesting generous portions of fruits consistently may help patients with stroke, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease to live longer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Xiaocao Tian, Huaidong Du, Liming Li, Derrick Bennett, Ruqin Gao, Shanpeng Li, Shaojie Wang, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Ling Yang, Yiping Chen, Junshi Chen, Yan Gao, Min Weng, Zengchang Pang, Baofa Jiang, Zhengming Chen; China Kadoorie Biobank study
  • School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China. Qingdao Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Qingdao, Shandong, China. Medical Research Council Population Health Research Unit (MRC PHRU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Dept. of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China. Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China. China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing, China. Suzhou CDC, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. Meilan CDC, Haikou, Hainan Province, China.
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