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Heart Attack Risks and Prevention

May 22, 2012

RISK FACTORS

  1. High-carbohydrate diet: drives insulin production, high triglycerides, and conversion of VLDL into dangerous, small LDL.
  2. High-polyunsaturated diet: promotes oxidation and inflammation, allowing small, dense LDL to damage arteries.
  3. Statin use: compromises cellular energy production (depleted CoQ10), damages muscles and liver, and lower HDL.
  4. Exercise: not enough promotes insulin resistance or too much produces excessive cortisol and oxidative stress.
  5. Genetics: predispositions are usually only relevant when combined with adverse lifestyle choices (insulin, chronic exercise, stress, e.g.)

PREVENTION TIPS

  1. Eliminate processed carbohydrates: moderates insulin, lowers triglycerides, and raises HDL.
  2. Eliminate polyunsaturated fats: reduces oxidation and inflammation.
  3. Increase saturated fat intake: raises HDL.
  4. Eat like your ancestors: moderates insulin, balances omega-6:omega-3 ratio, boosts anti-oxidants.
  5. Exercise like your ancestors: raises HDL, lowers triglycerides, lowers small, dense LDL.
  6. Moderate stress: sleep, sun, play--reconnect with genetic requirements for health.
  7. Blood tests: focus on triglycerides, fasting blood glucose and insulin, LDL particle size, and C-reactive protein (a marker of systemic inflammation).

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