Trans-Fat Ban Linked to Reduction in New York's CVD Admissions — Physician’s First Watch

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April 13, 2017

Trans-Fat Ban Linked to Reduction in New York's CVD Admissions

By Joe Elia

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Banning the use of trans-fatty acids in some New York counties coincided with a decline in admission rates for cardiovascular disease, JAMA Cardiology reports.

Researchers compared admission rates for the composite of myocardial infarction and stroke between New York counties implementing the ban in its eateries versus those that did not. The restricting counties showed an additional 6% drop in admissions relative to non-restricting counties after adjustment for an already-declining trend across the state. The difference became significant 3 years after implementation of the bans and benefitted men and women equally.

Of note, in 2015, the FDA mandated that food manufacturers remove partially hydrogenated oils from their products by mid-2018. Those oils are the major dietary source of trans-fatty acids.

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