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Dietary macronutrient intake and risk of cardiovascular disease in women


Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women, claiming more than 10,000 lives per year. One way to reduce heart disease is through dietary interventions. Historically, a low-fat diet has been recommended, however, recent evidence has not linked this with higher survival (1). Diets modifying the amount/type of carbohydrates have become increasingly popular for weight loss and control of diabetes. However, the effects of changing carbohydrate and fat intake on the risk of heart disease in Australian women is not well known. This study aims to investigate if amount, proportion and types of carbohydrate and fat intake in the diet influences the chance of developing heart disease later in life.