"Joe the Aroma" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected] > > "Juhana Harju" <[email protected]l.com> wrote in message > news:[email protected] >> High dietary methionine increases the risk of heart disease according to >> a >> Finnish study. Meat is high in methionine, an amino acid. >> >> --------------------------------------------------------------------------- >> >> Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2006 Mar;16(2):113-20. Epub 2005 Nov 2. >> >> High dietary methionine intake increases the risk of acute coronary >> events >> in middle-aged men. >> >> Virtanen JK, Voutilainen S, Rissanen TH, Happonen P, Mursu J, Laukkanen >> JA, >> Poulsen H, Lakka TA, Salonen JT. >> >> Research Institute of Public Health, University of Kuopio, PO Box 1627, >> 70211 Kuopio, Finland. >> >> BACKGROUND AND AIM: Homocysteine, a methionine metabolite, is suggested >> to >> be a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). To date, the effects >> of >> dietary intake of methionine, the key amino acid in homocysteine >> metabolism, >> on CVD have not been studied. Our aim was to examine the effects of >> dietary >> methionine intake on the risk of acute coronary events. METHODS AND >> RESULTS: >> We examined the effects of dietary methionine intake, assessed with 4-d >> food >> record, on acute coronary events in a prospective cohort study consisting >> of >> 1981 coronary disease free men from eastern Finland, aged 42-60years at >> baseline in 1984-89, in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor >> (KIHD) Study. During an average follow-up time of 14.0years, 292 subjects >> experienced an acute coronary event. In a Cox proportional hazards model >> adjusting for age, examination years, BMI, urinary nicotine metabolites >> and >> protein intake (excluding methionine) the relative risks of acute >> coronary >> event in the three highest quarters of dietary methionine intake were >> 1.31 >> (95% CI: 0.92, 1.86), 1.31 (95% CI: 0.88, 1.96) and 2.08 (95% CI: 1.31, >> 3.29) as compared with the lowest quarter. Further adjustments did not >> change the results. However, opposite association was observed with total >> protein intake, which tended to decrease the risk. CONCLUSIONS: The main >> finding of this study is that long-term, moderately high dietary >> methionine >> intake may increase the risk of acute coronary events in middle-aged >> Finnish >> men free of prior CHD. More prospective research is needed to confirm the >> role of dietary methionine in the development of CVD, and whether its >> effects are independent of homocysteine. PMID: 16487911 >> >> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/..._uids=16487911&query_hl=3&itool=pubmed_docsum >> >> -- >> Juhana > > Very, very weak. I'll continue to consume meat to my heart's content. Good. I'm nominating you for a Darwin Award.