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Environment and diet affect heart health

Environment and diet affect heart health
30th November 2011

Environment and diet leave prints on the heart, according to a new study at the University of Cambridge.

Researchers investigating the DNA methylation in the human heart and the missing link between lifestyle and health have mapped the association across the entire human genome.

Researcher Roger Foo stated: "We now have a clear picture of [...] where and how epigenetics in heart failure may be changed and the parts of the genome where diet or environment or other external factors may affect outcomes."

The findings were the result of a project that compared data from a small number of people with end-stage cardiomyopathy who were undergoing heart transplants, and the healthy hearts of age-matched victims of road traffic accidents.

It was recorded that environment and diet leave marks on the heart and will determine risk-factor to a range of related conditions.

Environment has previously been found to effect congenital heart disease in newborns, with the condition being significantly more common during the summer months.

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