A new study with in BMJ warns that women over the age of 50 who regularly eat fried foods may increase their own death risk.
Many studies have shown that you often eat fried food. leads to adverse health effects.
Research has shown that eating fried foods can affect cardiovascular health and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
In a recent study of women over the age of 50 from the United States, investigators from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA has found that overindulging in fried foods can increase a person's risk of death from several causes.
The researchers also looked at which fried foods are likely to be the most dangerous to health. A study paper reporting the results is now shown in BMJ .
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of the study, 31,588 participants died. Of these deaths, 9,320 were due to heart problems, 8,358 were cancer-related, and 13,880 had associations for other reasons.
8% higher death risk
As part of the WHI study, participants completed questionnaires describing their dietary habits. They reported on their specific intake of a variety of fried foods and their total consumption of these foods, which the researchers divided into three categories:
- fried chicken
- fried fish, fish sandwich and fried seafood such as shrimp or oysters
- others fried foods such as French fries, tortilla chips or tacos
The research group analysis confirmed that there was a correlation between regular eating fried food and an increased risk of death from any reason. The association was also strong for death related to heart problems.
Having explained modifying factors, including lifestyle, diet quality, income, and level of education, the researchers found that participants who reported eating at least one portion of fried food per day. Today had an 8% higher risk of death than those who did not eat fried foods.
The researchers looked at the effect of specific fried foods. They found out that eating at least one portion of fried chicken per. Day led to a 13% increased risk of death from all causes and a 12% higher death risk related to heart problems compared to eating non-fried foods at all.  Eating at least one serving of fried fish or seafood one day led to a 7 percent increase in the risk of death from any cause and a 13 percent higher death risk from heart problems.
The research team did not identify a link between eating fried food and the risk of cancer-related death.
A Modifiable Risk Factor
The investigators also noted that the women most likely to consume fried foods regularly were in the younger age group (50-65 years old). They also tended to not be white and have lower levels of education, a lower income and a generally poorer diet. Many of them were also smokers.
According to their current findings, the study authors concluded that: "Reducing consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish / shellfish, may have a clinically meaningful impact on the public health spectrum."
However, they warn that their results cannot be applied across different populations because their research was an American women's observational study in the United States
. Furthermore, the researchers acknowledge that, although they accounted for many potential modifying factors in their study, it is still possible that there may be "unidentified confounders" that they did not include in their analysis.
Still, they note that in this study they have identified a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality that can be easily modified by lifestyle. "