Trans Fats May Trigger Inflammation

January 2005
Environmental Nutrition;Jan2005, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p1
This article reports that high levels of trans fatty acid in the blood translate into increased risk for inflammation in heart patients. That's what Harvard researchers formed when they measured the levels of trans fatty acids in the red blood cells of 86 patients with chronic heart failure and compared them to indicators for inflammation. They discovered that as trans fatty acids in blood cells increased, so did several commonly recognized blood makers for inflammation, a known risk for heart disease. The association held strong even after taking into account several factors such as body mass index, smoking, blood sugar and the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs.


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