“Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide — accounting for one-third of deaths in 2019” – WebMD
Over 60 lakh people globally die of heart attacks. Corona has killed a similar number but not in 1 year, but in 2.5 years. And it has created so much havoc. Why are we not bothered about heart disease in the same fashion? Is it because we have got used to it?
But when a 46-year-old fit actor dies of a heart attack, do we still accept it? I know at least 4 people in my family who have died of heart attacks in their 30s and early 40s. In the last 5 years. Should we get used to it?
“Indians have a higher propensity percentage of people who will get heart disease two to three times that of the Western world,” said Dr. Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta Hospital.
Do you know that heart disease is a lifestyle disease and with a proper lifestyle and diet, you can not just prevent the disease but also reverse it to a certain extent?
It’s such a big topic that I will need to write a book on it. But I know most of you would prefer a short blog and not a book. So I will do my best to make this blog useful to you.
Let’s start with a small quiz.
Between the following which is a better indicator of heart disease?
If you are like most people, the answer would be high cholesterol. But you will be surprised to know that cholesterol is the last among the three. Total cholesterol has little or no effect on causing heart disease. You can read my article on this topic – “The Great Cholesterol Myth”: Top Lessons from the Bestseller Book
Whether you have high cholesterol or not, you need to measure yourself on these 5 parameters to know your heart health.
Insulin resistance not only causes diabetes but also causes heart disease. That’s why 80% of diabetics die of heart attacks.
Also, internal inflammation is another big factor in causing heart disease.
So, a diet which is good for insulin resistance and internal inflammation is good for the heart.
Let’s go through the steps we can take to eat a heart-friendly diet.
Let’s go through some supplements and herbs which are recommended for heart health.
Avoid calcium supplementation unless strongly recommended by a good practitioner. Calcium in arteries is not good. Research has shown that a faster progression of coronary artery calcium increases the risk of heart attack by 17 times.
Cover up for your deficiencies based on your lab reports. The most important ones to check are vitamin D, vitamin B12, zinc, iron, magnesium, and chromium.
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