HEART ATTACK RISK AVERSION
We have the means to minimize risk of heart attack at our disposal. Lower cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat percentage is within our grasp. Weight loss really can become a reality without starvation and drugs. We hear about the healthy things to eat and drink, and we are generally aware of the things to avoid. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in our country. There are tremendous amounts of information available for us to learn how to make smart choices when it comes to food and lifestyle. However, we fail to process these messages and go on thinking that one more bad serving won’t hurt us.
Out of habit, people seem to continue placing themselves at risk of heart disease by the foods they eat and liquids they drink. They find it difficult to change, but need to adjust their ways if they are to become healthy and avoid illness. It has been known for a long time that people living in countries without process foods, rarely have heart attacks. They live off the land and enjoy a lifetime of whole fruits and vegetables. As our Nation continues to indulge in processed foods, we find ourselves growing un-healthy. Of greater concern is the fact that the next generation has been learning all the bad choices they grew up with since early childhood.
The key to successfully turning this dangerous trend around is to work with the younger population from an educational approach. Understanding the cause and effect of our dietary choices is what the education needs to be about. Guidance on the right choices needs to be taught and monitored for a period of time that is long enough to effect permanent change in the way we think about what we consume. Correcting diet with our children and having them make the healthy choices from a young age is the starting point. Continuous education and awareness of the foods and products we consume is essential if we are to successfully change our thinking.
Studies have shown that up to 70% of heart disease can be averted with the right regimen, according to Walter Willett, MD, chair of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. But is diet alone as powerful as drugs? “Oh, no, it’s much more powerful,” says Dr. Willett. “Statins, the most effective single medications for reducing heart disease, only cut risk by 25 to 30%.”
Consulting with nutritionist and physical trainers has never been more needed or important. As a population we need to make some significant changes with diet to curb the statistic that two thirds of our population is overweight or obese. With education and smart food choices we can buck the trend and set our sights on new horizons with the next generation.