Whole Grains Rock!

iStock_84600825_MEDIUMIf you're someone who consumes a lot of pale foods- think white bread, refined rice, pasta made traditionally, it may be time to rethink your practice, as well as put some pressure on your favorite purveyors of fast food to do the same.  A study Rick and I discuss on PodMed this week, published in Circulation, as well as another published in the BMJ we don't highlight, provide some real data behind the assertion that whole grains may extend life.  Here's what the Circulation study did:  a meta-analysis of 14 eligible studies prospectively examining mortality and while grain consumption, representing in total almost 800,000 individuals.

Over the course of the collective studies, almost 100,000 deaths occurred, including about 24,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 38,000 from cancer. In crunching the numbers relative to whole grain intake, those folks who consumed the most had the least risk of dying, with a dose-response relationship evident and the most robust relationship with respect to cardiovascular disease death reduction. As Rick opines in the podcast, if medicine purveyed a pill that would reduce one's risk by the same amount that whole grain consumption does, people would be lining up to take it.  Brown rice, anyone?

Other studies this week include two from NEJM: changes in primary care instituted by CMS and their impact, as well as a medication for management of kidney disease in those with type 2 diabetes with regard to cardiovascular outcomes, and a comparison of weight loss drugs in JAMA.  Until next week, y'all live well.

 

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