Jan 10, 2014
Heart Health and Nutrition
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. In some eastern regions however, various cardiovascular disease rates have declined tremendously. In recent years studies have been conducted on the nutritional makeup of societies that have the healthiest of citizens. Regions of China, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and East Asia rank the highest in plant based consumption and lowest in adverse cardiovascular conditions.
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, is a term used to generalize reference to various diseases associated with heart health such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, congenital heart disease, aorta disease, pericardial disease, and abnormal hearth rhythms. A study conducted by the Department of Nutritional and Community Health at the University of Putra Malaysia studied changes in mortality rates and dietary patterns among the populations residing in countries within the Asia Pacific.
Focusing on heart health many health determinants were identified. Foods most prominent to be cardio-protectants included soybeans, dietary antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, seeds, cereals, nuts, and tea. Foods identified to be contributors to higher mortality due to cardiovascular disease also were the lead contributors to high cholesterol and obesity. These included fat from land animal products and vegetable oils.
Along with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death in the U.S. it is also one of the most preventable. It is important to learn about your heart and ways to prevent heart disease. Becoming an active participant in your healthcare can help to both prevent and maintain a healthy heart through diet and lifestyle choices.
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