It is never too late to increase your consumption of dietary fibre, a new study suggests. It is well known that fibre reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now a study published in BMJ has found that it also decreases the risk of death after surviving a heart attack. Researchers analysed pre- and post-heart attack dietary and medical information on 4,098 people. In a nine-year follow-up, there were 1,133 deaths — 558 from cardiovascular disease. After adjusting for age, medication use, smoking and other factors, they found that after a first heart attack, those who increased their fibre intake the most had a 31 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause, and a 35 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular death, than those who increased their intake the least. Only cereal fibre, not fibere from fruits or vegetables, was associated with the lowered risk.