St. Vincent’s Medical Center: Preventing Heart Disease With Healthy Eating

St. Vincent’s Medical Center: Preventing Heart Disease With Healthy Eating


TERESA: TREATING HEART DISEASE BY CHANGING YOUR DIET. IT IS IMPORTANT. RYAN: OUR MEDICAL REPORTER SPEAKS WITH A SPECIALIST ON HOW TO INCORPORATE HEALTHY EATING. OF FEBRUARY, ST. VINCENT’S MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN RAISING AWARENESS FOR HEART HEALTHY MONTH AND TODAY WE HAVE A DOCTOR TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN PREVENT HEART DISEASE WITH HEALTHY EATING. GOOD TO HAVE YOU. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. RYAN: YOU ARE A CARD A LOT IS — YOU ARE A CARDIOLOGIST, PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW HAD TO HELP WITH HEART RISK — HELP WITH HEART RISK, WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM? THERE ARE CHANGES WE CAN MAKE TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE. I TALK ABOUT THE FAD DIETS PEOPLE HAVE ADOPTED AND THE TRUTH IS, THAT IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE. WE NEED A LONG-TERM GOAL, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP THE ARTERIES FLOWING WITH THE BLOOD AND PREVENT BLOCKAGES. QUICKFIXES DO NOT USUALLY LAST, YOU USUALLY PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON, WHICH IS A HEALTH RISK. IT IS A SHORT-TERM THING, NOT WHAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN WITH PREVENTING LONG-TERM HEART DISEASE. COMES DOWN TO LIFESTYLE CHANGES. PEOPLE WILL ASK, WHAT ARE THE GOOD FOODS AND BAD FOODS? THERE IS CONFLICTING INFORMATION. FIRST OF ALL, FOR DECADES WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD STICK TO LOW-FAT DIETS. LOW FAT, LOW FAT. IT IS TRUE, SOME LOW FAT IS GOOD, IT IS IMPORTANT TO AVOID FATS FROM RED MEAT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT SOME FAT ARE VERY GOOD FOR YOU. GOOD FATS ARE FOUND IN AVOCADOS, NUTS, FISH AND IN MODERATION WE SHOULD TRY TO HAVE THOSE. YOU SAY, I CAN EAT ALL OF THAT, BUT STILL HAVE SOME SELF-CONTROL. EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT A LOT OF NEW SCIENCE, BASICALLY IT IS INDICATING THAT SUGAR IS MORE THE CULPRIT. IT IS TRUE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE EAT A HIGH SUGAR MEAL OR DIET, THE BODY SECRETES INSULIN, THAT IS NECESSARY FOR SUGAR REGULATION, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THE BURSTS OF INSULIN, OUR BODY BECOMES RESISTANT TO IT. NOW INSULIN RESISTANCE PUTS US AT RISK FOR DISEASES LIKE DIABETES, HYPERTENSION AND HEART DISEASE ITSELF. SO — IT SOUNDS LIKE WE NEED TO AVOID SUGAR AS MUCH AS WE CAN, WITH PROCESSED FOODS. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR, PROCESSED FOODS, I TELL BLUEBOOK TO EAT FOOD THAT IS — TELL PEOPLE TO EAT FOOD THAT IS LOW IN SUGAR’S AND CARBS. FOR SOME PEOPLE, MAYBE THEY NEED MORE HELP, IS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION? I TRY NOT TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATION AND I TRY TO STAY CONSERVATIVE. WE COULD REALLY USE OUR OWN WILLPOWER TO SOME EXTENT, BY WITH TELL YOUS A STORY FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF MY LONG-TERM PATIENTS, HE COULD NOT CUT DOWN ON FOOD. HE LIKED FOOD AND HE COULD NOT CUT DOWN THE PORTIONS, SO I GAVE HIM ADVICE. ALWAYS HE WANTED TO GO FOR SECONDS AND THIRDS. I SAID, HE THE PORTION THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO EAT, TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN HAVE SECONDS, BUT WEIGHED ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE YOU DO. AND THE REASON I TOLD HIM THAT IS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR THE INTESTINES TO TELL THE BRAIN THAT YOU FEEL FULL. THERE IS A HORMONE OUR BODY SECRETES, IT IS SECRETED FROM OUR BODY IN RESPONSE TO A MEAL AND IT HAS TO ACT ON OUR BRAIN TO FEEL FULL. BASICALLY GIVE IT 20 MINUTES OR 30 MINUTES. IT WILL BE A GOOD THING IF YOU SLOW DOWN YOUR PACE, HEATING SLOWLY. THAT IS FOR THE SAME REASON, GIVE YOURSELF TIME FOR THE PROCESS, WHETHER BRAIN KNOWS YOU ARE FULL — WHERE THE BRAIN KNOWS YOU ARE FULL. THIS REALLY WORKED FOR HIM. HE LOST WEIGHT AND I WAS ABLE TO TAKE THEM OFF A BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION AND HE WAS HAPPY ABOUT THAT. JUST SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES. GREAT TIP. WE APPRECIATE IT. FOR THOSE WHO NEED MORE

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