According to a new research, lack of entry to the stores nearby that sells fresh food can increase risk of developing signs of early heart disease to residents.
Moreover, the study was published in the journal, Circulation that says, a higher access to healthier foods could encourage healthier diets and in turn, decrease the formation of coronary plaque.
Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University, Jeffrey Wing explains “The lack of healthy food stores may help explain why people in these neighbourhoods have more heart disease.”
Former studies have formed that limited amount of fresh food choices and numerous fast food restaurants in poorer neighbourhoods were connected to unhealthy diets and have a larger risk of early atherosclerosis (a disease that hardens arteries and consist many heart related diseases).
A study was conducted upon 5,950 adults and researchers saw how the limited access to recreational facilities, healthy food stores and stalls, neighbourhood walk ability, and social surrounding may contribute to the early stages of disease, atherosclerosis.
The contestants underwent a CT scan to identify the amount of atherosclerosis in a their arteries. 86 per cent had coronary artery calcium readings at three different times, with an average of 3.5 years between measurements of the participants studied.
Apparently, the results suggested that decreased access to heart-healthy food stores is the usual thread in more quick progression of coronary atherosclerosis in mid-aged and older aged people.
Ella August who is the Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan explains that, “We found that healthy food stores within one mile of their home was the only significant factor that reduced or slowed the progression of calcium build up in coronary arteries. Our results point to a need for greater awareness of the potential health threat posed by the scarcity of healthy grocery options in certain neighbourhoods.”