In France, cardiovascular problems are responsible for a third of all deaths. It is the leading cause of death among women and the second cause for men. However these death rates are the lowest in the European Union for reasons still poorly known. Food is certainly not foreign. It indeed plays a crucial role in the appearance of these cardiovascular problems.
Among the causes of cardiovascular diseases, the most important is atherosclerosis, degenerative phenomenon that reaches the arteries by reducing their elasticity and creating a decrease, or a disruption of arterial flow.
Many factors in issue
This pathology that covers several diseases (ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease etc.) is the responsibility of multiple factors: genetic, nutritional, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, tobacco, high blood pressure, diabetes. Among these causes, dietary factors have a very important place and their role in cardiovascular pathology is the object of multiple research for 50 years to better prevent and control these diseases. Continue reading “Diet and cardiovascular disease”