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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

That burger could kill you! Fast food even once a week, can bring on diabetes and coronary heart disease

People who consume fast food even once a week elevate their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 per cent, compared to people who avoid fast food, according to the latest research. 

For people eating fast food two-three times each week, the risk increases by 50 per cent, and the risk climbs to nearly 80 per cent for people who consume fast food items four or more times each week. It also increased the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 27 per cent. 
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers found that existing studies on fast food and metabol
ic risk looked at Caucasian populations. 
    "We wanted to examine the association of Western-style fast food with cardiometabolic risk in a Chinese population in Southeast Asia that has become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease," said Andrew Odegaard, Minnesota post-doctoral researcher, who led the study. 
    "What we found was a dramatic public health impact by fast food, a product that is primarily a Western import into a completely new market," according to a Minnesota statement. 
    Minnesota researchers with counterparts from National University of Singapore reviewed a 16-year-old study, based on the eating habits of 52,000 Chinese residents of Singapore who have experienced a recent and sudden transition from traditional foods to Westernstyle fast food. 
    "What's interesting about the results is that study participants who reported eating fast food most frequently were younger, better educated, smoked less and were more likely to be physically active," said Odegaard. "This profile is normally associated with lower cardio-metabolic risk." 
    IANS

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