Trans fat consumption linked to stroke risk in women

Medscape reports, “Postmenopausal women whose diet is high in trans fats, found in fried foods and packaged products, are at higher risk for certain types of ischemic stroke,” according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.

HealthDay reports that investigators “analyzed data from the national project known as the Women’s Health Initiative. They looked at the trans-fat intake of more than 87,000 women aged 50 to 79 using a dietary database developed at the University of Minnesota and questionnaires that measured trans-fat consumption.”

MedPage Today  reports, “Women who ate the most trans fats were 39% more likely to have an ischemic stroke compared with those who had the least in their diet (P=0.048 for trend).”

Researchers found, however, that “aspirin use altered the link … with no effect of trans fat intake for women taking it (P=0.43 for trend) but a 66% elevated ischemic stroke risk for non-aspirin users with the highest trans fat consumption (P<0.01 for trend).”

WebMD reports that the researchers also “found no evidence linking total fat intake or intake of other types of fat to stroke.”

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