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The role of nutrition in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Peter Clifton

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Abstract

Diet can have a significant impact on the risk of cardiovascular disease and patients need nutritional advice to achieve the best outcome.

Key Points

  • Eating a small amount of nuts each day lowers a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Consumption of red and processed meats should be minimised and these foods replaced when possible with dairy products, fish or chicken.
  • A Mediterranean-style diet with a high intake of fish, fruit and vegetables should be consumed.
  • Saturated fat should be replaced with unsaturated fats.

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