Fruits, veggies may weaken effect of heart gene

Effect of heart gene

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may mitigate the special effects of a gene linked to heart disease, Canadian researchers say the investigate article in Tuesday's issue of the journal PloS Medicine was one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies for cardiovascular disease.

The researchers analyzed the diets of more than 27,000 individuals from five ethnicities European, South Asian, Chinese, Latin American and Arab to look at how diet and the 9p21 gene were connected in two separate studies.

"We know that 9p21 genetic variants augment the risk of heart disease for those that carry it," said Dr.Jamie Engert, joint principal researcher of the study, who is a researcher in cardiovascular diseases at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

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