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Apples as Effective as Drugs to Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes

Apples as Effective as Drugs to Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes

Most of us have heard the adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” throughout our lives, but new research shows that there is serious truth to the message.  Scientists at BHF Health Promotion Research Group, Nuffield Department of Population Health, at the University of Oxford, England compared the effects of eating one daily apple to taking statin drugs (used to lower cholesterol levels) among British adults aged 50 and up.  The study participants made no other dietary or lifestyle changes and their mortality rates from heart attacks and strokes were recorded.

The results of the study were published in BMJScientists found that eating an apple a day or taking statin drugs daily resulted in an equivalent reduction of mortality.  The scientists also estimate that if 70% of the 50+ population of the United Kingdom simply ate one apple daily, 8500 deaths every year due to heart attack or stroke would be averted. And, if 90% of the British population over fifty ate a daily apple, the number of lives saved would climb to 11,000 annually.

Scientists also found that prescribing statin drugs to everyone over the age of fifty, would result in 1200 additional cases of myopathy, 200 additional cases of rhabdomyolysis, and 12,300 additional cases of diabetes annually.  The great news is that if people ate a daily apple instead of taking statin drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes, there would not be an increase in any of these serious conditions.

The researchers concluded that “An apple a day or a statin a day is equally likely to keep the doctor away.” They added “We find that a 150 year old proverb is able to match modern medicine and is likely to have fewer side effects.”


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10:29PM PDT on Aug 9, 2015

I've got to buy some apples!

3:58AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

An apple a day
keeps doctors away!

5:12AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

thank you

11:24AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Good idea to eat your fruits and veggies. Thanks.

11:11AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Thank you !! :)

7:12PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Nice to hear that! I usually eat an apple every evening and more than one,if they are really delicious :) My dog,Miss Elli keeps stalking me while eating that =D She loves apples,cucumber,carrots,broccoli and zucchini ,so how about that??
maybe she will stay with a good health too,you think?

1:32PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

So let me see,if someone is 100 pounds over weight and they eat an apple a day they are good? sheeeesh Preventing a heart attack and stroke is a life style change period !!!

10:48AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Statins have so many negative side effects, that even if you can't get hold of organic apples all the time, it probably is a better trade off to just get what you can.

10:20AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

So bad I don´t like them that much.... Just the green ones

9:39AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Maybe ill try this hate all drugs they want me to take!!

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