Do you realize that 90% of all American have atherosclerosis (Kurzweil, 1993), undeniably meaning that you have it too even at a young age? Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fat and cholesterol in the artery walls (plaques) leading to heart failure. It is being promoted by excessive weight, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.
Thus, it is just mind boggling that, today, we have an all-time high overweight rate (62% of the population), and that ravaging coronary heart disease is being the single leading cause of death in America, even ahead of cancer. Over 75% of Americans are at risk of having a heart attack in their lifetime and over 17.6 million Americans alive today have a history of either a heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain from cardiovascular disease,) or both.
This prevailing deterioration of heart health cannot be stemmed with reactive emergency measures like the 250000 successful bypass surgeries (CABG) performed in the US every year as reported by:
Resources: Three books were recently published on this subject (see link in the side menu) describing two strategies for a cardio-healthy lifestyle by controlling the levels of cholesterol components in the blood, the Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL and the High-Density Lipoprotein or HDL. I tested each strategy for one year, the Esselstyn low-fat diet and a Mediterranean Olive Oil-based diet. Both provide essential benefits for improving your heart health.
It is scientifically well established (Campbell et al., 1998) that heart disease does not occur at low blood levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Thus, avoidance of being victim of atherosclerosis and premature death requires that
your LDL cholesterol must be below 85 or 70 mg/dL
(70 mg/dL if you are a high-risk patient with diagnosed coronary heart disease).
The low-calorie Esselstyn Low-Fat Diet can establish these low LDL cholesterol levels as shown in the chart for Year One.
Finally, a comparative analysis of 56 years of published data on outcomes of nutritional intervention in heart disease (Dalen and Devries, 2014) revealed the effectiveness of Mediterranean-style diet over low-fat diets and statin regiments in preventing premature death. Why is that? The Mediterranean diet influences the cholesterol patterns in a dramatic way as shown in the chart for Year Two. It can maintain a low LDL cholesterol level but it also can increase the HDL cholesterol level which promotes health and reduce premature death from heart disease.
The Esselstyn diet (see Year One in chart) provides the “survival” baseline. This diet can easily be expanded to include olive-oil and other aspects of the Mediterranean olive-oil diet. The resulting cardio fusion diet (see Year Two in chart) is then not only reducing “premature death” but also promoting “longevity” (see box).
Start with improving your diet, doing physical excises, quitting smoking, adjusting your blood pressure, blood sugar level and weight, and reducing your personal stress level. This website provides a pictured guide that will help you in changing your dietary habits to the cardio fusion diet that combines a plant-based diet of low sodium and low-fat (Esselstyn Diet) as well as low-sugar with olive oil, nuts, fish and poultry (Mediterranean Olive Oil Diet). In addition, the cardio fusion diet may be supported by a low-dose statin regime if so prescribed for already established heart disease.
The site is meant to help you getting started with a healthier life style.
CHANGE STARTS WITH YOURSELF!