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Public Health Nutr. 2016 Dec;19(18):3327-3336. Epub 2016 Jun 24.

Dietary fried fish intake increases risk of CVD: the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study.

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1Department of Neurology,Emory University,1365 Clifton Road NE,Clinic B,Suite 2200,Atlanta,GA 30322,USA.
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2Department of Nutrition Sciences,School of Health Professions,University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham,AL,USA.
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3Department of Epidemiology and Prevention,Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center,Winston-Salem,NC,USA.
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4Department of Medicine,University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham,AL,USA.
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5Department of Neurology,University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati,OH,USA.
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6Department of Epidemiology,School of Public Health,University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham,AL,USA.
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7Department of Biostatistics,School of Public Health,University of Alabama at Birmingham,Birmingham,AL,USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the present study was to examine the relationship of dietary fried fish consumption and risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study among participants of the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study who resided in the USA.

SETTING:

The primary outcome measures included the hazard ratios (HR) of incident CVD including first incident fatal or non-fatal ischaemic stroke or myocardial infarction and all-cause mortality, based on cumulative average fish consumption ascertained at baseline.

SUBJECTS:

Participants (n 16 479) were enrolled between 2003 and 2007, completed the self-administered Block98 FFQ and were free of CVD at baseline.

RESULTS:

There were 700 cardiovascular events over a mean follow-up of 5·1 years. After adjustment for sociodemographic variables, health behaviours and other CVD risk factors, participants eating ≥2 servings fried fish/week (v. <1 serving/month) were at a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events (HR=1·63; 95 % CI 1·11, 2·40). Intake of non-fried fish was not associated with risk of incident CVD. There was no association found with dietary fried or non-fried fish intake and cardiovascular or all-cause mortality.

CONCLUSIONS:

Fried fish intake of two or more servings per week is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Given the increased intake of fried fish in the stroke belt and among African Americans, these data suggest that dietary fried fish intake may contribute to geographic and racial disparities in CVD.

KEYWORDS:

Fish; Fried; Myocardial infarction; Stroke; Stroke belt

PMID:
27338865
DOI:
10.1017/S136898001600152X
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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