How to prevent heart disease with a healthy diet

How to prevent heart disease with a healthy diet


in addition to being physically active
making positive changes to our diet really can help reduce our risk of
coronary heart disease eating healthily helps us to lose weight
and we know that being overweight or obese longer-term increases our risk of
heart disease we also know that makes it more likely to get type 2 diabetes as
well having a good diet helps us to lower blood pressure and also helps
lower cholesterol levels both of which risk factors for coronary heart disease
so we’ve spoken about primary prevention but actually a diet is equally important
if you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart problem but we really need to do
here is to mitigate any ongoing risk factors so for example if you’re
overweight trying to achieve a good weight for your height looking at your
lipid profiles so for example if your LDL we refer to as bad cholesterol in
the blood is too high how can we bring that down thinking about your blood
pressure and we just think that it’s too high and if you’re diabetic making sure
that you maintain good blood sugar control we should all be trying to
reduce the amount of fat salt and sugar in our diet if we drink alcohol we
should take it in moderation and we should try to increase the amount of
fiber fruit vegetables and salad very simple very clear and actually the best
advice is probably to follow a diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet as
possible isn’t so clear is the daily media messages about what we should all
be doing to improve our health and well being so for example should we now be
trying to eat seven portions of fruit veg instead of five that we’ve all been
told I should really be eating saturated fat that ok and is actually sugar the
real thing to be concerned about if we want X everyday is that ok all of these
questions come up and it’s confusing it’s not surprising that we
all feel confused about what is the best thing to do I know your dietitian follow
evidence-based practice and work with you to cut through all of that
information to come up with a lifestyle plan that’s gonna see you we’ve spoken
about the importance of diet in terms of primary prevention of heart disease and
we’ve also spoken about the importance of secondary prevention and mitigating
risk factors patients with heart disease your state which is dietitian is
uniquely qualified uniquely qualified to work with your medical team to look at
your individual risk factors with that information their work with you to a
special dietary intake and come up with a tailored plan that isn’t just a diet
that you follow for a couple of days or a couple of weeks these are lifestyle
changes that will be helpful for you but also for your family you can ask your GP
or your hospital doctor to refer you and it may well have an appointment on the
National Health Service if you’d like to see it I tuition by the keyhole Heart
Clinic then please give us a call or send a message through the website and
we’d be delighted to assist you