Sunday, March 19, 2017

Natural Medicine: Diet Responsible for 45 Percent Of All Deaths for Heart Disease and Diabetes."

On March 9, 2017 an article appeared in titled "Diet Responsible for 45 Percent Of All Deaths for Heart Disease and Diabetes."

The article focused on 3 different health aspects. First, it  looked at foods that were bad for us and which we over consumed. Second, It looked at foods that were good for us but which we under consumed.  Third, it looked at how these two factors - over consumption of bad foods and under consumption of good foods -  affected our health as it related to heart disease and diabetes. 

The article which focused on data released from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated "the highest number of cardiometabolic deaths were associated with too much sodium and processed meat, and not enough nuts and seeds, seafood omega-3 fats, vegetable, and fruit, compared with optimal consumption levels."

The article goes on to state "estimated cardiometabolic deaths related to insufficient healthier foods/nutrients remained at least as substantial as those related to excess unhealthful foods/nutrients" 

The article listed the unhealthful foods/nutrients as sodium; processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and red meats. Among the unhealthful foods/nutrients, the article suggest that sodium is one of the major culprits.

"Among unhealthful foods/nutrients, the present findings suggest that sodium is a key target," 

On the other hand, healthful foods/ nutrients were listed as nuts/seeds, seafood, omega-3-fats, vegetables, fruits, and whole grainsHowever as the article points out it is the low omega 3 intake that causes a lot of concern to health professionals as it is responsible for many of the deaths

The Mediterranean Diet

To help create a balance in one's diet from reducing intake of those foods that are considered harmful and increasing the consumption of foods that are proven to be beneficial to one health many nutritionists and health experts recommend the Mediterranean Diet

This diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
The different dishes vary by region to region and has a wide range of definitions, but the dishes are mainly based on vegetables, fruits, nuts cereal grains, beans, olive oil and fish. 

The diet is usually associated with good health, including a healthier heart. One study back in 2013 found that people who follow this diet had a 30% lower risk of heart disease and stroke. 

You can reduce the harmful foods and increase the good foods by making your diet more Mediterranean by:
  • eating plenty of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta
  • eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • eating some fish
  • eating less meat
  • choosing products made from vegetable and plant oils, such as olive oil


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Sources "Diet Responsible for 45 Percent Of All Deaths for Heart Disease and Diabetes". Stephen Danieels, March 9, 2017

NHS Choices "What is a Mediterranean Diet"

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