Fast Food Consumption in Adults Impacts BP But Not Cognitive Abilities
A new study done among adults have shown that consumption of fast food causes change in blood pressure but does not affect cognition or quality of life.
The study was done among 60 healthy adults in the age range of 18-25 in the College of Medicine at King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh. The blood samples of the recruited subjects were tested for cholesterol, serum HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels. The cognitive functions were analysed using Cambridge neuropsychological test automated battery. The participants in the survey were divided into two groups, one that consumed fast foods more than three times a week and the other less than that.The mean systolic blood pressure difference was 3 mmHg (119 mmHG and 122mmHG) while diastolic pressure difference was 5 mmHG (72 mmHG and 77mmHG.
The researchers have concluded that fast food intake has impact on metabolic function but on quality of life. However, there is no reason to cheer for fast food lovers, increased cardio-vascular risk can impact quality of life later on.