preventing heart disease

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-09-2003
preventing heart disease
Thu, 12-04-2003 - 11:16am
Heart disease runs in my husbands family. At 24, I would like for him to start taking precautions for preventing any possible heart problems. How should he go about doing this? What steps should he take? I know the obvious, exercise and eat right. But are there vitamins he should take? Certain foods he should absolutely avoid?

Also, are there any recipe sites that would help?



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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sat, 12-06-2003 - 8:16pm
DON'T cut out all fats, but DO limit saturated fats ... and AVOID "trans fats." Trans fats are not yet listed on nutrition labels the way sat fats and cholesterol are, but you can generally find it by looking for ingredients such as "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils as well as "shortening." I think trans fats are especially evil.

Moderate amounts of "good fats" -- things like nuts, olive oil, canola oil -- are actually encouraged.

I strongly recommend the book "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating" by Dr. Walter Willett, my cardiologist recommended it to me and I found it very useful.

The American Heart Association has a special recipe site

They've also published a number of cookbooks. I also enjoy the cookbook Cooking a la Heart.

The Mayo Clinic has a recipe section on their site as well, you can go to select the healthy living option and you'll see a food and nutrition section. Toward the bottom of that page there's a "recipe file" area.

Exercise is indeed important -- my cardiologist advises at least 30 minutes/day of aerobic exercise, every day.

Stress management is important as well.

Good luck!

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Registered: 09-30-2003
Tue, 12-30-2003 - 2:10pm


Hi there!