Rigorous, Short-Term Diet?Exercise Program Lowers Heart Disease Risk
JANUARY 01, 2003
Obese men can significantly reduce their heart disease risk by using a 3-week low-fat, high-fiber diet and daily exercise?even though they may lose only a few pounds?according to research published in Circulation (October 21, 2002). A total of 11 obese men aged 38 to 72 years were given a Pritikin Longevity Center 21-day residential diet and participated in an exercise program that consisted of brisk walking on a treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes a day. The meals consisted of less than 10% of calories from fat, 15% to 20% from protein, and 70% to 75% from unrefined carbohydrates. By the end of the program, high blood pressure resolved in all of the 7 men who had hypertension at baseline. Systolic blood pressure decreased by 14%, diastolic blood pressure by 10%, and oxidative stress by 28%. Nitric oxide availability improved by 28%. Furthermore, total cholesterol decreased by 19%, insulin levels by 46%, and blood glucose by 7%.
AF Risk Increases with More Pregnancies
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.