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Feeling healthy? Cutting calories could lead to more benefits

Nick Bonyhady | 7 Days

Even if you consider yourself healthy, you could still dramatically benefit from mild reductions in your calorie intake, a new study suggests.

The landmark multi-year research, published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, showed reducing calorie intake by about 12 per cent drastically lowered multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Even people who are largely healthy could benefit dramatically from mild reductions in their calorie intake, according to a new study. Credit: Shutterstock

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is one of the largest causes of death in the Western world. It accounts for almost 30 per cent of all deaths in Australia and affects one in six adults.

“This study of ours is the first study to show that even in healthy, young and non-obese individuals, if you have a mild reduction in calorie intake … you drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” lead author Luigi Fontana from the University of Sydney said.

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