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  • Could Jack Pearson’s Diet Be to Blame?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | February 12, 2018

    heart-disease-foodFans of the hit NBC series This Is Us finally learned how the beloved character Jack Pearson died, but did they get the full story? In a recent episode, after a fire breaks out at the Pearson residence, a doctor explains that excessive smoke inhalation stressed Jack’s heart, triggering a massive heart attack that took his life.

    What the doctor didn’t mention is that atherosclerosis, which is a fatty build-up in the arteries, put Jack at risk for the attack. The physical stress his body endured through his heroic and successful attempt at saving his family from the fire likely caused plaque to dislodge Read more

  • 10 Foods That Can Increase or Decrease Life Expectancy

    by Paula Gallagher | March 22, 2017

    produce-departmentWe all know that a healthy diet can have a big impact on your overall well being, but a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals which foods we need to eat more of and which foods we need to eat less of to decrease mortality from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

    According to this study, poor diet is the cause of at least half of deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. In 2012, about 700,000 Americans died from these diseases and diet was linked to nearly 319,000 of these deaths. This study suggests that changing Americans' dietary habits could have a significant impact on the risk of death from these diseases. Read more

  • Heart Health and Positivity

    by Paula Gallagher | February 8, 2017

    IMG_4209Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) each day. This is an average of one death every 39 seconds. Stroke causes about one of every 18 U.S. deaths.

    Diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and medicine are the usual recommendations to ward off or treat heart disease. But more and more research shows that heart health and positivity are linked and that having a good attitude can go a long way toward reducing your risk of heart attacks and stroke. Read more

  • Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | April 28, 2015

    vegetable-basketA new study shows statins may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 46%. That’s especially worrisome, considering this cholesterol-lowering drug nets blockbuster sales and remains a widely popular prescription. The good news is there is an option that not only rivals its pharmaceutical competitors, but tackles symptoms of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes: it’s called a low-fat, vegan diet.

    The “side effects” you’ll see with a plant-based prescription – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes – are all good. Instead of narrowing arteries and insulin resistance, you’ll see improvements in arterial plaque, improved blood flow, and stabilized blood sugar. These three biometric markers, combined with waist circumference and body weight, hold the key to a clean bill of health.

    With a dietary intervention, you’ll see results in just a matter of weeks.

    Here are five numbers concerning metabolic risk factors that you (or your patients) need to know: Read more

  • Calcium and Women's Health

    by Paula Gallagher | June 10, 2014

    Calcium and women's health have long been linked, and now a recently published study in the journal Osteoporosis International has found that there is no connection between calcium supplementation and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

    For the study, researchers examined 74,245 women who were part of the Nurses' Health Study. Calcium supplement usage and incident cardiovascular disease among all these participants was recorded.

    Researchers noted that, not only did the women who consumed calcium supplements have no increased risk of CVD, but they had lower levels of trans fat, smoked less, and were more physically active than women who didn't take any such supplements.

    “Calcium is an essential nutrient most widely used for its bone health benefits, and government data show most Americans don’t get enough," said Duffy MacKay, N.D., Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition. “We encourage continued studies on calcium’s safety and benefits, but this study should help women feel confident that calcium supplements are an appropriate choice if they are not getting enough from food alone."  Read more

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