“Regular chocolate reduces chance of heart arrhythmia’
By eating chocolate can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation be reduced, according to a large-scale study.
Scientists have of more than 55,000 Danish men and women aged fifty to 64 data about their diet and health recorded over a period of fourteen years. This was done through a comprehensive survey, in which participants had to indicate how often and how much chocolate they consumed.
After more than thirteen years had 3.346 of men and women suffer from atrial fibrillation. It was striking that a large part of these people, on average, less chocolate is consumed than people who had.
The researchers found that people who are more chocolate they ate, their risk of the heart rhythm disorder with a 10 percent saw a decrease. This is true for a chocoladeconsumptie of 30 to 90 grams per month. A chocolate bar weighs about 100 grams.
The chance increased if the people even more chocolate ate: people every week, 30 grams in between meals, saw their chances of the disorder by 17 per cent. At 60 to 180 grams decreased the chance even with 20 percent.
There was also a difference found between women and men and the consequences of their chocoladeconsumptie. In women the strongest association was found when they weekly 30 grams of chocolate to eat. They saw their chance of atrial fibrillation by 21 percent decrease. Men who are 60 to 180 grams of chocolate consumed on a weekly basis, had an average of 23 percent less likely to have the heart rhythm disorder.
In view of these conclusions are drawn from a larger study on dietary habits and health, stress the researchers that there is no hard conclusions can be drawn between chocoladeconsumptie and the decreased risk of the disorder. Also, the study noted that the large chocolate-eaters, on average, healthier and more educated, which also can be a reason for their decreased risk of atrial fibrillation.
More detailed research is thus necessary to the hypothesis to confirm. In addition, it is emphasised that chocolate is high in sugar and fat, which is not advantageous for the overall health of the heart.
The participants were not asked which chocolate they ate. Previous studies showed that dark chocolate is good for the heart. However, it is of the Danes announced that they are especially milk chocolate to eat.
Fast and irregularly
Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disturbance where the atria of the heart too quickly and irregularly contraction. This can lead to stroke, heart failure and other heart problems. Globally, 33 million people suffer from. It is not known what the precise cause of atrial fibrillation. Therefore, there is so far no medication for the disorder can be treated or prevented.