Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality for men and for women the risk significantly increases after the menopause. If you have a family link to cardiovascular disease a healthy eating plan can increase energy and normalise weight to get you feeling better.
If you have any of the following this is a call for action for you.
- Coughing and wheezing
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- High cholesterol, triglycerides and LDLs
- Previous cardiac event
For many years people have been led to believe that cardiovascular disease is the result of eating too much fat. However, it is now known that the research underlying this view was flawed. In fact, as early as 1957 Dr Yudkin, a physiologist and nutritionist wrote several books recommending low carbohydrate diets for slimming as opposed to low fat. In 1972 he went on to write the book Pure White and Deadly, which pointed to sugar consumption as being the major factor in the development of dental caries, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart attack. Sadly, his work was discredited.
Metabolic syndrome is now used to describe the following cluster of health issues, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. These diseases are largely driven by excess sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, biscuits, cakes, pizzas and pasta. Consumption creates inflammation, which then slows blood flow creating damage to blood vessels and accelerating atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
As well as excess sugar consumption, poor diet can create nutrient deficiencies. High homocysteine levels are an independent factor for cardiovascular problems and this is driven by low B6, folic acid and B12 levels. Low omega 3 levels can also contribute to cardiovascular disease. Functional Laboratory and Genetic testing can confirm if you are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. If you are, that just means that you will need to work a little harder to improve your diet and make lifestyle adjustments.
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