Dr. Scherwitz recalls the most important lifestyle changes when a woman is trying to lower her risk for heart disease.
All of the four parts of lifestyle are important, they work together like the four legs of a dog. When a dog is running, the one that’s most important is the one in which they are, for example if they have very high levels of stress and they are eating well and exercising then that would be the most important for that person.
If a person had elevated cholesterol and they are exercising, they have good social support, than diet would be the one to focus on. They are all very important. The one that’s most neglected is the stress management and it can affect the heart in various ways, both indirectly and directly.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.