Heart Disease is the leading cause of death throughout the world. It is also the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is mostly due to poor diet. For those cultures throughout the world with low meat and dairy consumption, heart disease rarely, if ever, influences health and longevity of the population.
Below is a graphic view of the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease and cancer deaths, by far, lead all other causes of death. Preventing heart disease and cancers should be our number one health concern.
The Anti Aging and Wellness Clinic has developed a revolutionary approach to helping our patient population, who wish to avoid heart disease, do so with diet, hormone replacement therapy and supplements.
The first step is diet. Diet has been proven to stop and even reverse heart disease. The only peer-reviewed and published diets that have successfully prevented and stopped heart disease are the whole food plant-based diets. [See Dr. Essylestyn Research Here].
Mediterranean Diet: The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to be healthier for heart health than the standard American Diet. However, the Mediterranean Diet does not stop or reverse heart disease. Only the whole food plant-based diet has been proven to stop and reverse heart disease.
Let’s look at epidemiological data, published by the World Health Organization, a few years ago. The chart, below, shows deaths attributed to heart disease and cancers, versus the overall consumption of meat and dairy by the various countries. Those countries whose people eat a predominately plant-based diet had fewer heart attack deaths and cancer deaths.
How can you assess your risk? Studies have been done to enable those without access to blood testing labs to accurately calculate their risk based on body mass index, blood pressure and age. Below are the charts for men and women.
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This non-lab risk prediction method versus the lab-based risk assessment method was shown to strongly correlate. By using the charts above, one can confidently calculate their risk assessment with body mass index, blood pressure, and age.
Note: Blood pressure (hypertension) is essentially the arterial indicator of oxidized cholesterol (LDL-c / bad) build up in the arterial walls.
In addition to dietary changes, lifestyle changes are also important. However, out of all of the lifestyle changes we can make, diet is by far the most important. The reason we say this is because high cholesterol, which is due to the over-consumption, in most people, of meat protein and saturated fats, is the most strongly correlated indicator to heart health. Plaques won’t develop from cigarette smoking or stress if cholesterol is managed properly with proper diet and supplementation.
Hormone Replacement [HGH, Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid, DHEA]
Besides diet and lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy can accelerate the process by improving body composition. As our risk calculations show, body mass index is a very strong correlated indicator of heart attack risk. It is proven that replacing suboptimal hormone production (those individuals with deficiencies) with 100% bio-identical hormone replacement offers significant improvement in body composition and lipids. Hormone replacement involves replacing deficiencies. That is, elevating hormone levels to upper physiological (Optimal) levels.
Assuming patients are eating a clean, heart healthy diet and on bio-identical hormone replacement, doctors may choose to also include a statin medication – at least for a short period of time, to help reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol sooner, as the body’s cells begin their process of regeneration. Once we get total cholesterol around 150 mg/dL and LDL cholesterol below 70 mg/dL, and patients are following the dietary guidelines, they may begin to reduce their statin medication.
Niacin is a simple vitamin supplement which may be purchased over the counter. It has been shown to help elevate the good cholesterol (HDL) and helps clean the bad, LDL cholesterol, out of the blood, which helps to reduce any plaque accumulation. HDL can only do so much. It is more important to get LDL lowered significantly by eating a heart healthy diet.
Generally speaking, 1-3 grams are generally prescribed in patients when the doctor determines potential benefit to the patient.
Below are some basic rules we recommend everyone follow to help avoid an untimely heart attack or death by the world’s number one killer:
- Review the non-lab risk assessment for heart disease. This requires knowing your average blood pressure, body mass index and age.
- Eat more whole plant foods and less meat and dairy. Remember, cow’s milk is for baby calves, not human beings. We no longer live in the Stone Age, so we don’t need to eat like it.
- Consider bio-identical hormone replacement. Many people don’t realize they are walking around with large hormone deficiencies due to years of eating the standard American diet.
- Avoid environmental toxins. This is best done by drinking only highly filtered water (distilled / reverse osmosis / smart water). Also, eat lower on the food chain. The higher we go on the food chain, the more contamination is carried in the fat cells – especially meat, dairy and fish.
- Take the correct vitamins and supplements tailored for you. Avoid vitamin fads. Speak with one of our medical professionals and take those supplements most likely to benefit your individual needs.
Contact us Heart Disease Risk Assessment HGH Therapy, Niacin Therapy and Statins.