Fruit consumption and cardiovascular risk study presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress makes headlines

Sep 1, 2014 12:00 AM

‘Fresh fruit consumption, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk: a prospective cohort study of 0.5 million adults in the China Kadoorie Biobank’ presented by Dr Huaidong Du at an oral abstract session of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 29 Aug – 2 Sept 2014 in Barcelona has received widespread media coverage.

UK coverage included the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Mirror newspapers, the article has also been picked up by the New York Daily and ScienceDaily.com. The study was chosen by the ESC congress for a press release from over 4500 abstracts.  It describes emerging evidence from the CKB study that eating one or two pieces of fruit per day can cut the risk of cardiovascular disease by 15%, ischaemic stroke by 25% and haemorrhagic stroke by 40%. Full results are now being prepared for publication.

The CKB team presented a total of total of six abstracts at the 2014 ESC Congress covering topics such as:  the MTHFR genotype’s (non)association with cardiovascular disease; diabetes and cardiovascular disease; the burden of hypertension in China; seasonal and outdoor temperature and its effects on detection and control of hypertension; and outdoor temperature, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease mortality.