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Eur Heart J. 2006 Jan;27(1):15-20. Epub 2005 Oct 11.

Diet and inflammation: a link to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

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Division of Metabolic Diseases, Policlinico Seconda Università di Napoli, University of Naples, Piazza L. Miraglia, 80138 Naples, Italy.


Both epidemiological studies and intervention trials support an important role of diet in reducing the risk of a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, and overall mortality. We discuss available evidence indicating that the generation of a pro-inflammatory milieu might be one mechanism through which unhealthy diets are linked to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. In practical terms, fully understanding the link between diet and inflammation holds the premise to elucidate the mechanisms by which dietary patterns improve cardiovascular health.

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