Conclusions of the research in the Seven Countries
Diet, risk factors and coronary heart disease rates in the 16 cohorts of the Seven Countries Study
Early on in the study Ancel Keys and colleagues noticed interesting associations across cultures in the Seven Countries Study; cultures differed in their diets and corresponding differences were seen in saturated fat, serum cholesterol and coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence after 5 and 10 years of follow-up. Read more about these early associations.
Diet, including nutrients, foods and dietary patterns varied widely among countries. The different aspects of diet and CVD were studied in cohorts and individuals. More about diet
Lifestyle may be the most personal category and habits like smoking or alcohol were investigated in relation to CVD. More about lifestyle
From 1984 onwards, additional studies started to examine indicators of healthy ageing in the elderly populations of in the SCS and related studies.
Physical health is a key element of healthy ageing. Physical activity and other lifestyle choices may impact the physical functioning of the body. More about functional status
Apart from the study findings, the investigators noticed substantial differences among countries. The following graphs show long-term time trends of major risk factors and CHD mortality in the SCS cohorts. Have a look at the trends.
The Seven Countries Study and its related studies are continuing to this day, and the latest research has shown some interesting associations. Read more about the latest findings.