Abstract Title:

Cumulative average nut consumption in relation to lower incidence of hypertension: a prospective cohort study of 10,347 adults.

Abstract Source:

Eur J Nutr. 2022 Jan 5. Epub 2022 Jan 5. PMID: 34984486

Abstract Author(s):

Sukyoung Jung, Hye Won Woo, Jinho Shin, Yu-Mi Kim, Min-Ho Shin, Sang-Baek Koh, Hyeon Chang Kim, Mi Kyung Kim

Article Affiliation:

Sukyoung Jung


PURPOSE: Maintaining optimal blood pressure (BP) levels can be an effective preventive strategy for reducing disease burden. Nut consumption may play a preventive role against hypertension, which is a lifelong condition. We aimed to prospectively examine the association between cumulative average nut consumption and the incidence of hypertension in Korean adults aged 40 years and older.

METHODS: A total of 10,347 participants who were free of hypertension at baseline, were included. Hypertension was defined as having a physician diagnosis and taking antihypertensive medications or having abnormal BP (systolic ≥ 140 mmHg or diastolic ≥ 90 mmHg). As an exposure, cumulative average nut consumption was calculated using repeated food-frequency questionnaires (mean: 2.1). We used a modified Poisson regression model with a robust error estimator to estimate the incidence rate ratios (IRRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for hypertension.

RESULTS: We identified 2047 incident cases of hypertension during 44,614 person-years of follow-up. Among both men and women, an average nut consumption of ≥ 1 serving/week (15 g/week]) was inversely associated with hypertension incidence (IRR = 0.74, 95% CI = 0.58-0.96, p for trend = 0.013 for men; IRR = 0.72, 95% CI = 0.59-0.88, p for trend = 0.002 for women) and these significant associations were consistently observed across the strata of potential confounders.

CONCLUSION: An average consumption of at least one serving (15 g) per week of peanuts, almonds, and/or pine nuts may be inversely associated with the risk of hypertension among Korean adults aged 40 years and older, in a dose-response manner.

Study Type : Human Study

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