Almonds’ Protective Longevity Shield

Nuts decrease overall death risk

Almonds’ Protective Longevity Shield

Almonds’ Protective Longevity Shield

Increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the association between nut consumption and mortality has remained unclear—that is, until now.

Doctors, writing in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined the association between nut consumption and subsequent total and cause-specific mortality among 76,464 women in the Nurses’ Health Study (1980-2010) and 42,498 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2010). Nut consumption was assessed at baseline and updated every 2 to 4 years.

Nut consumption was inversely associated with total mortality among both women and men, after adjustment for other known or suspected risk factors. Eating nuts 7x or more per week reduced overall mortality by 20%. “Significant inverse associations were also observed between nut consumption and deaths due to cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

“In two large, independent cohorts of nurses and other health professionals, the frequency of nut consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality, independently of other predictors of death.”

Bao Y, Han J, Hu FB, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Fuchs CS. Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J Med. 2013 Nov 21;369(21):2001-11. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1307352.
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