Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes - Increased risk seen with Fast Food Eaters in Singapore

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that people in Singapore who ate fast food on a regular basis were at an increased risk for developing coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study was published in today’s online edition of American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

The researchers found that even eating fast food once weekly showed a 20 percent increased death risk from coronary heart disease compared to those who avoided dining at these places. There was a 50 percent increased risk of death from heart disease if the person ate out two-to-three times each week. There was an 80 percent increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease in those who ate fast food four or more times on a weekly basis.

Additionally, people were at a 27 percent increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes when they ate fast food two or more times each week compared to those that did not eat this kind of food.

Lead investigator, Andrew Odegaard Ph.D., M.P.H., who is a post-doctoral researcher from the University of Minnesota, said they wanted to study the Chinese population because they have “become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease.”

The researchers from the School of Public Health worked together with researchers from the National University of Singapore. They evaluated data from a 16-year study that started in 1993. This study documented the eating habits of 52,000 Chinese residents from Singapore.

Odegaard said that most of the people eating fast food were more often younger, had a higher education, were physically active, and were less likely to smoke. He said this is the kind of lifestyle and profile that is usually seen in a person with a reduced cardio-metabolic risk.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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