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This Week in JAMA
October 6, 1999

This Week in JAMA

JAMA. 1999;282(13):1205. doi:10.1001/jama.282.13.1205

Using data from 75,596 women followed up for 14 years in the Nurses' Health Study and 38,683 men followed up for 8 years in the Health Professionals' Follow-up Study, Joshipura and colleagues found that overall, fruit and vegetable intake was inversely related to risk of ischemic stroke. Compared with individuals in the lowest quintile of fruit and vegetable intake, those in the top quintile had a relative risk of ischemic stroke of 0.69. Risk of ischemic stroke decreased as the number of daily servings of fruits and vegetables increased from fewer than 3 servings per day to 6 servings per day, with no further reduction in risk associated with more than 6 servings per day.