- Women who consume more protein in proportion to their weight may have a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation (Afib) over the next decade.
Why this matters
- Americans on average, get 15% of their total daily calories from protein.
- However, consumption of a proportionally higher protein diet closer to 25% of total calories is likely to have greater health benefits.
- Secondary analysis of the data from 99,554 post-menopausal women (median age, 64.0 years) who participated in the Women's Health Initiative study.
- Funding: None.
- During a mean follow-up of 10.1 years, 21.3% of women developed Afib.
- Compared with women in the lowest protein-intake quartile (
- women who consumed 58-66 g/day of protein (HR, 0.932; P=.001); and
- women who consumed 66-74 g/day of protein (HR, 0.908; P=.0005).
- The majority of participants were white.
The presenter, Dr. Daniel A. Gerber, MD, from Stanford University, California, said: "To go from low to intermediate protein intake is not a huge amount. We're talking about eating 10 to 20 more grams of protein per day; that's only four ounces of healthy protein, such as chicken breast or salmon, a cup of Greek yogurt, or two eggs."