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High fiber diet may reduce the risk of COPD

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People who consume food with high fiber content may have a lower risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study reveals.

This recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was performed on more than 100,000 American adults between 1984 and 2000. Out of 111,580 subjects, consuming high fiber diet, only 832 were diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which shows that the group who get enough fiber in their diets has one-third lower risk of COPD. While analyzing the relation between high fiber diet and chronic lung diseases, the researchers also found that only grains lower the risk of lung diseases from other sources including fruits, grains and vegetables. The research team led by the lead researcher, Dr. Raphaelle Varraso of the INSERM said, “For COPD prevention, the most important public health message remains smoking cessation, but our data suggest that diet, another modifiable risk factor, might also influence COPD risk.”

According to the researchers, high fiber diet comprises of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may reduce the risk of lung diseases but the study did not prove the role of high fiber diet in reducing the risk of chronic lung diseases. The researchers also discovered that understanding the affects of any single nutrient on the health of individuals is a complex thing.

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