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Children Who Eat Less Fat, More Fiber, Reduce Their Risk Of Chronic Disease In Adulthood

October 27, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Children and adolescents whose diet is lower in total fat and saturated fat and higher in dietary fiber have a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease later in life, a U.S. study has found. Researchers evaluated 230 women in their mid- to-late-twenties who had participated nine years earlier in a dietary intervention study. Participants in that study ate a diet that limited fat intake to 28 percent of calories and included fruit, vegetables and whole grains. In the follow-up nine years later, researchers found that the women had significantly lower fasting plasma glucose levels and lower systolic blood pressure, risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
J. F. Dorgan et al., "Adolescent Diet and Metabolic Syndrome in Young Women: Results of the Dietary Intervention Study in Children (DISC) Follow-Up Study", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, October 27, 2011, © The Endocrine Society
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