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Apples can lower risk of cardiovascular disease: Study

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Dec. 18, 2013

An apple a day could help prevent early death from heart attacks and strokes, British researchers say.

Researchers at the University of Oxford used mathematical models to determine whether a daily apple is better for patients at risk of cardiovascular disease than statin drugs used to lower cholesterol.

If all U.K. patients at risk of cardiovascular disease - 17.6 million people = are prescribed statins, and 70% of patients take the drugs, the annual number of vascular deaths would be reduced by 9,400. If patients are instead given an apple, 8,500 patients would avoid dying early, the researchers found.

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While the apple numbers are lower, the researchers noted there can be side-effects to taking statins, including muscle cramps and pain, and an increased risk of diabetes.

"While no one currently prescribed statins should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from simply eating more fruit," researcher Adam Briggs said in a press release.

The study appears in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.

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