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High Flavanone Intake Associated With Lower Stroke Risk in Women http://ow.ly/9ti2N
High Flavanone Intake Associated With Lower Stroke Risk in Women CME
News Author: Pauline Anderson
CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd Faculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 02/28/2012; Valid for credit through 02/28/2013

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Clinical Context

According to the current study by Cassidy and colleagues, a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables and total flavonoids is protective for stroke, but the protective value of different flavonoid subclasses is unclear. For example, a higher intake of anthocyanins has been linked to 12% lower risk for hypertension, and higher consumption of citrus fruit is linked to a lower risk for ischemic stroke. In a meta-analysis, consumption of 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and more than 5 servings daily reduced stroke risk by 11% and 26%, respectively, compared with less than 3 servings daily, but the contribution of specific types of fruits was not known.

This is a prospective longitudinal cohort study of dietary patterns in women within the Nurses’ Health Study to examine the link between flavonoid intake and the risks for ischemic, hemorrhagic, and total stroke among healthy women.

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