February is American Heart Health. Many people are concerned about getting heart disease because it is America’s number one killer. Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of heart disease with lifestyle changes.
You can prevent heart disease by changing your diet. There was a study done that examined the link between diet and heart disease. The study was lead by Dr. Michael Greger. The study involved two groups of people. One group followed a plant-based diet while the other group did not change their diet.
The results of the study showed that the people who followed the plant-based diet were able to decrease their angina attacks by 91 percent. The group who did not change their diet actually had a 186 percent increase in angina attacks.
Many doctors prescribe cholesterol-lowering medications in order to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, these drugs can cause side effects such as muscle damage and liver damage. That is why it is safer for people to follow a plant-based diet. Studies have shown that heart disease is less common in rural African population and China because they follow plant-based diets.
Dr. Michael Greger stated that heart disease is not something that you have to get just because it runs in your family. In addition to changing your diet, you can also exercise to lower your heart disease risk. Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease.
You will also need to avoid smoking. Cigarettes can quadruple your risk of developing heart disease. You will also need to reduce your stress level. Stress puts a strain on your heart, which can cause it to work harder. Meditation and exercise can lower your stress level. Furthermore, you will need to keep your body weight within a healthy range.