Wearing Red today is bogus…it isn’t doing a DARN thing about helping you lower your risk of heart disease…. but this can..

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Mission: Get Healthy, News | 0 comments

Wearing Red today is bogus…it isn’t doing a DARN thing about helping you lower your risk of heart disease…. but this can..

Wearing Red today is bogus…it isn’t doing a DARN thing about helping you lower your risk of heart disease…. but this can..

I understand what the American Heart Association is trying to do to create awareness and platform to talk about heart disease.  Props to them.  Maybe they get some more $$ for research, and maybe some women .. (and men) learn a bit more about signs & symptoms…

However, just wearing a red pin and Red Clothes is not going to prevent you from dieing from this preventable disease.  Unless you take action.

What will?  Well, let me tell you….

Early Detection (screenings, knowing your numbers like BP, Cholesterol, BMI…etc),

Symptom Awareness and most importantly

PREVENTION:

HEALTHY DIET and EXERCISE HABITS.

 …let me elaborate… on nutrition, its so important!

Just so you know….I am not a PETA freak.  I do love animals and we should treat them kindly, BUT I am no bleeding heart.

I am not Vegan-ish because I feel bad for the animals (Read the Bible, we were given dominion over them, yippee)… I do this because heart disease is  about as common as cankles and freckles in my family’s great DNA and more importantly catalyzed from their lifestyle choices. (Lifestyle is code for FOOD & EXERCISE)

I am vegan to help sway my genes from allowing a life of battling heart disease.  It is my prevention strategy, not my religion.

Here is a guest post from Peta.org, please read:

 

Heart disease is the number one health problem in the United States today, and according to the American Heart Association, it is the single leading cause of death. Most heart disease is diet-related—caused by diets high in animal products.

Meat, eggs, and dairy products are high in cholesterol and saturated fat. (No plant food in the world contains any cholesterol.) As these fatty substances build up inside the walls of arteries as “plaque,” blood flow to all areas of the body is impeded. This artery damage is called “atherosclerosis.” When too little blood reaches various regions of the body, normal bodily functions are impaired, setting people up for a number of diseases, most notably heart disease.

Here’s the good news: Now that we know what heightens the risk of heart attacks, we can take steps to prevent them. Studies have shown that a healthy vegan diet—rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables—can stop and even reverse heart disease. People following a plant-based diet have 2.5 times fewer cardiac events, including heart attacks, strokes, bypass surgery, and angioplasty.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, one of the world’s most respected nutrition experts, has been able to make patients who were suffering from clogged arteries virtually “heart-attack proof” by putting them on healthy vegetarian diets and getting their cholesterol levels down below 150. The average vegan cholesterol level is about 133, while the average vegetarian cholesterol level is 161. And the average meat-eater’s cholesterol level is 210. Another nutritionist, Dr. Charles Attwood, points out just how strange it is that more is not done in light of this information: If people were being run down by trucks at the same rate that they’re dying from heart attacks induced by diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy products, drastic steps would be taken.

William Castelli, M.D., director of the Framingham Heart Study, the longest-running clinical study in medical history, says of the heart disease epidemic, “If Americans adopted a vegetarian diet, the whole thing would disappear.” Castelli told PBS that Americans have been “brainwashed to eat meat.”  

A major study published in February 2005 reconfirmed the link between animal products and heart problems. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that among the 29,000 participants, those who ate the most meat were also at the greatest risk for heart disease. The researchers also reported that a high intake of protein from vegetable sources such as tofu, nuts, and beans lowers our risk of heart disease by 30 percent. Dr. Linda E. Kelemen, the scientist who headed the study, told reporters, “Not all proteins are equal”—while vegetable protein can help keep our hearts healthy, eating animal protein can put us in an early grave.

Order PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit and start on the path to a healthier you today.

 

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So take this for what its worth…

This post is my “Red Dress” today.

 

What are your thoughts?  What steps do you take to prevent this deathly, preventable disease?

How are you finding ways to cut the amount of animal products you consume ?

Discuss below..

 

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