Coronary Heart Disease
Have you been diagnosed with coronary heart disease? It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US killing almost 700,000 people each year. Are you worried? You should be and changing your diet is the most effective action to prevent or reverse it…regardless of your family history. Stay tuned, I’ll tell you about the 2 best diets that will reduce your risk of heart disease.
Coronary heart disease occurs when the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart, become narrowed due to plaque buildup and may lead to a heart attack. Plaques are a mixture of fatty substances including cholesterol. Blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart can be reduced or even fully blocked with a growing plaque and cause heart attacks. Plaques may also become dislodged and cause blood clots, possibly blocking blood to the heart, lungs or brain and causing a stroke. The narrowing and buildup of plaque in the arteries of people suffering from coronary heart disease is widely considered to be a result of genetic factors and poor diet, especially the wrong type of fats….but, what’s the right diet?
The best diet to prevent coronary heart disease, heart attacks, strokes
and peripheral artery disease is a question long debated and boy, is
there a lot of confusing information in the media. One day something is
good for you and another day it’s not. Everyone wants to know the one
exact diet that will prevent that from happening and keep them healthy.
Low fat, high fat, low carb, high carb, vegetarian, Asian,
Mediterranean. Whoa! No wonder everyone is so confused.
What if I told you there are actually two diets that are proven to
prevent heart disease and related conditions? The first is a very low
fat vegetarian diet. Dr. Dean Ornish’s studies have proven that a low
fat diet…10-15% total fat intake as compared to the American Heart
Associations recommendation of 30% …will actually reverse heart disease
in people already diagnosed with the condition. It will also prevent
Studies of cultures from around the world who eat as vegetarians, from
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia and religions such as Hindu,
Buddism and 7th Day Adventists…show that the development of heart
disease is almost non-existent, unless…of course.. they move to the US,
parts of Europe or eat like the average American. The problem here is
that most people don’t really want to eat a vegetarian diet.
Luckily, there is another diet that is also as effective in the
prevention of heart disease. It is the low carb diet. Yes, we’re talking
about Atkin’s, the Zone, South Beach or Suzanne Sommers diet, any of
the low carbs diets work extremely well. But, you say, there’s seems to
be so much contrary evidence in the media about these diets. That’s
true, but from what sources do they come? Usually, with a vested
interest in an opposing point of view. But the weight of the evidence
proves them wrong every time.
First, I defy anyone to find a study done anywhere that has proven that a
diet high in fat and low in carbs causes heart disease. This study has
never been done, it doesn’t exist. Studies in the past that linked high
fat to heart disease never took into account the level of carbohydrates
each participant was eating. Researchers ignored carb intake.
Said another way, high fat content diets in the presence of high
carbohydrate intake can lead to heart disease. But, when carb intake was
taken into account, high fat diets in the presence of low carbohydrate
intake does not and has never, not one time… been proven to lead to
heart disease. Looking around the world, Eskimos and African tribes are
the most extreme examples of cultures eating low carb. They simply don’t
have access to much more than animals for food. Heart disease is non
existent in these cultures.
Making more sense for the average American are the Asian and the
Mediterranean diets. Both of these cultures eat about the same amount of
protein that the average American does, but they eat more fats and less
carbs than Americans do. Their risk of heart disease, stroke, high
blood pressure and high cholesterol is far less than found in America.
Recently this has begun to change as the unhealthy American diet begins
to creep around the world.
Nonetheless, for those of you who appreciate the flavor of fat in food,
enjoy it, eat good fats, no trans fats and reduced saturated fat, but
cut back on your carbs. If you are someone who has repeated the mantra
of “Everything in moderation”…here’s the bad news. You’re almost at as
much risk as the person who eats anything and everything…also know as
the standard American diet or SAD…that’s a bit ironic, isn’t it?
If you claim moderation, it simply means you really haven’t made a
choice, you eat based on what you feel is moderation. That’s a bad plan,
actually, it’s no plan at all. Notice the 2 diets I describe here are
not moderate and not in the middle. They are extremes. Pick one and
your health will benefit.
If you insist it’s all based on your genes, well we all have bad genes,
but they don’t always express themselves. As an example, not all women
who have the breast cancer gene get breast cancer. We each have to do
something to turn them on. With heart disease, it’s your diet that will
turn them on and get them to express themselves. Eat right and they’ll
never cause you any problem.
Learn more about heart disease, how to accomplish an easy low carb diet,
all natural supplements to help support healthy heart function and the
dangers of common heart medications by viewing some of my other videos
Don’t be a victim of heart disease, especially when its prevention or
reversal is entirely under your control…simply through diet.
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