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How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet

by , 12 October 2017
How to ward off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet
A healthy, balanced diet is key to good health, but the stakes are especially high for people with cardiovascular disease. What you eat can either help protect your ticker or provide fuel for a heart attack.

While there's no such thing as a perfect diet, little improvements sure do count. The diet plan you choose should depend on your cardiovascular disease risk factors. Read on too learn how you can stave off cardiovascular disease by changing up your diet…

A healthy weight goes hand in hand with a healthy heart

The single most important to eat healthfully is to keep your body weight in a normal range. After all, a healthy weight is key to a healthy heart. One study that looked at nearly 30,000 men found that overweight men (BMI between 25 and 28.9) had a 72% higher risk of developing coronary artery disease over a three-year period than men of a normal weight. Obese men had a 244% higher risk of the disease.
 
Another study found that following any weight-loss plan – even a high-fat one – over one year can cut your LDL/HDL ratio by 10% and significantly lower your overall cardiovascular disease risk factors.

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How to eat depending on your cardiovascular disease risk factors

If you have hypertension, you should eat a diet that’s low in sodium in fat. If you have high cholesterol, you should include lots of healthy fats like extra-virgin olive oil and omega-3-rich fatty fish in your diet.
 
If you’re trying to lose weight as well, consider a calorie-restricted version of your heart-healthy diet. Cutting 500 calories from your diet per day can result in the loss of 0.5 kg per week! Keep in mind that the safest, healthiest way to drop weight is to aim to lose up to 0.5 kg per day. Crash diets can be detrimental to your health and rarely lead to permanent weight loss.
 
PS: Go here for three top cholesterol-lowering foods that can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

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