THE HEART OF THE MATTER
Your heart is an amazing organ that will give you many years of faithful service if you take good care of it. A healthy circulatory system plays a huge role in maintaining optimal health. In this webinar session you will learn the keys to maintaining optimal circulation and how to take care for your heart (and all other arteries) so it can take care of you!
Heart disease is the biggest cause of disability and death in the United States and in most developed countries around the world. Heart disease is actually systemic vascular disease (VD) and endothelial dysfunction. (ED). The Risk Factor Arch for Heart Disease shows that although AGE and GENDER are uncontrollable risk, other factors like SMOKING, INACTIVITY, STRESS and GENETICS can be changed by lifestyle, and DIABETES, OBESITY, TRIGLYCERIDES, LDL CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE and be controlled by diet.
Risk factors are made worse by the Standard American Diet (SAD) and Standard American Lifestyle. Many children today are beginning to develop type 2 diabetes as a result of the SAD diet.
Cholesterol between 180-210 is considered “normal” by many physicians even though more than 25% of people get heart disease in that range. To avoid heart disease you need to get the cholesterol down below 150.
Migrant studies have shown that heart disease is not so much related to genetics as it is to lifestyle. Japanese immigrants with almost no history of heart disease soon develop the same rate as Americans within a few years. Immigrants typically have a 10 times high risk of developing heart disease when coming to the USA or other developed countries.
Chicken has more cholesterol and saturated fat than either beef or salmon. The way chickens are farmed and raised makes them much more of a problem. And, chickens have more contaminants and viruses.
HDL is the “good” cholesterol; and LDL is the “bad.” On the CHIP program you will see a drop in both because the body doesn’t need as many HDL when there is less of the LDL cholesterol.
Guidelines for a Health Heart:
* Reduce processed foods
* Reduce animal products
* Eat more whole plant foods
* Eat less high fat foods
In addition, s chedule your exercise times to get both aerobic and upper-body workouts; set an alarm to go to bed as well as to wake up; do what you can to reduce stress; get help with depression. These are the pillars of lifestyle medicine.
* “CHIP Session 8 Trailer” (Dr. Diehl @ 0:00)
* “Ancel Keys Study” (Dr. Diehl @ 6:13)
* “Migrant Study: Genetics, or Lifestyle?” (Dr. Diehl @ 11:07)
* “HDL & LDL Cholesterol” (Dr. Morton @ 15:51)
* “Guidelines for a Healthy Heart” (Dr. Diehl @ 19:38)
1. Is “hardening of the arteries” and “arteriosclerosis” and “heart disease” the same thing? (23:32)
2. What about triglycerides? Are they good, or bad for you? (24:34)
3. Is there a downside to eating tofu? (25:35)
4. Is it true that trans-fats stay with you for life? (26:45)
5. I’m seeing a push towards “healthy oils” by cardiologists. What’s up with that? (27:37)