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Changes In Lifestyle Can Help Protect Against Heart Disease

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Dr. Annabelle Volgman is a strong believer in making healthy lifestyle choices for the prevention of heart disease. She is not in favor of simply taking medication as this is inadequate protection.

Eating healthier food is one line of defense. She recommends fish such as salmon for their Omega-3 fatty acids, oatmeal and plant sterols. Exercise is another line of defense. She encourages everyone to see a nutritionist in their quest to protect their hearts.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Volgman:
I have been a big proponent of using lifestyle modification as the first line of defense against heart disease. If you are not doing that and you are just taking medications, you are doing yourself a disservice. A lot of men and women think that just because they are on medications for their cholesterol that they are protected.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth because if you are eating bad food, you are going to see a spike in cholesterol in your blood vessels. And before it even gets to the liver to get metabolized, you are already depositing more and more plaque into the arteries of your heart, your brain, your kidneys, so that you really need to cut back on how much cholesterol you eat so that your blood vessels don’t see that much cholesterol.

The other thing that you need to do is to exercise so that your HDL, the good cholesterol, goes up so that it sucks up all the bad cholesterol and takes it to the liver. If you don’t have a lot of good cholesterol, you can’t take that bad LDL cholesterol to the liver. It will just stick around in your arteries, and one of the things that I promote is the SOS, which is salmon, oatmeal, and stanols.

Salmon is a great food, not just for your face and your skin, which it makes you look young. I am a lot older than I look because I eat a lot of salmon. It’s just like Dr. Perricone’s diet is really promotes salmon for the skin. I promote it for their hearts, but a good side effect of it is you have younger-looking skin.

Salmon has good Omega-3 fatty acids.

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EmpowHER Guest

I'm worried about what's ahead for Omega 3. I'm worried about salmon. I'm worried that the loss of salmon will drive up the price of fish oil and Omega 3. I read that salmon supplies are already diminishing at http://www.order-salmon.com/salmon-global-warming-salmon-climate-change.php It says that the oceans are becoming more acidic and that this endangers the food that salmon feed on. What do you know about this? What can we do about it? Can you help? Can you give us a sense of what we can do?

July 29, 2010 - 8:51pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Climate change is affecting the oceans. As individuals, the best thing we can do is reduce our meat intake. The meat industry is a huge contributor to global warming. 

As far as alternatives to salmon, my daughter is a vegan and gets her omega 3s from flax seed and chia seed. 

February 5, 2016 - 2:42pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)


I'm sorry you are worried.

I'm afraid that, like you, all I know is what I read. I don't know what problems there might be, or what possible solutions would be.

I am just someone who described something she read in an article.

July 29, 2010 - 9:12pm
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