A new study by scientists at Oxford University has claimed that the wider adoption of the average English diet could improver overall health, as well as saving many lives.
The research, which investigated mortality rates involving cardiovascular disease, stroke and a range of cancers throughout the UK between 2007 and 2009, showed that almost 22,000 more people died from heart disease and diet-related cancers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in those years than would be expected if death rates were as low as in England.
The study, published in BMJ Open and which estimated the average intake of 10 dietary components for the four UK countries, also revealed that those in Scotland and Northern Ireland consistently consumed more saturated fat and salt and less fruits and vegetables than people in England. It is already known that the death rates for heart disease, cancer and stroke are higher in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and than that in England.
The scientists also said that about 4,000 deaths could have been prevented or delayed annually for the rest of the UK if all people in those countries had stuck to the average diet in England. The team commented “Diet has a substantial impact on geographical variations in mortality from coronary heart disease, stroke and various cancers within the UK.”

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