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Study: Eating 3 fruits and vegetables a day lowers risk for artery disease

Study: Eating 3 fruits and vegetables a day lowers risk for artery disease (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A simple change in what you eat, might make a big difference in reducing a serious health risk in the future, especially if you smoke or have ever been a smoker.

The local area has more people who smoke and because of that, the area has higher risks for certain cancers as well as other complications.

One of those complications might be helped by your diet, per new research.

Dr. Doug Flora says early detection is always the best way to fight the main complication of smoking, which is lung cancer, but a new report says if you are a current or former smoker then you also have a higher risk for another common complication.

It causes plaque to build up in artery walls of your legs, it's called peripheral artery disease or PAD. The good news is that you may be able to lower that risk by upping your consumption of certain foods.

The study of more than 3 million people in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found those who ate at least three servings of fruits and vegetables each day, were about 20 percent less likely to have PAD than those who rarely ate this amount.

This positive benefit only seen in current or former smokers is likely because the antioxidants in produce may help work against what’s called “oxidative stress,” which is linked to smoking.

The majority of those in the study were smokers, so that was how they concluded these results, this is likely a good recommendation for everyone and there's some thought more like five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables is good to fight all kinds of other diseases too.

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