Posting my article which appeared in The Times of India, Bangalore edition on Sep 27, 2017 –
DIET FOR A HEALTHY HEART
One of the ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases is by eating healthily.
While non-modifiable risk factors like age, gender, race and heredity, play an important role in determining whether or not a person will fall into the trap, modifiable risk factors like excess weight, abdominal obesity, high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, diabetes, sloth, stress and smoking also contribute to this killer disease.
The foods you choose could play a significant role in protecting against heart disease or predisposing you to the problem. Let’s look at some of the foods that can either help you or harm you –
Bottom line is to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, millets. Include some nuts, seeds and dairy in the daily diet. If you are a non-vegetarian, take eggs or fish 2 to 3 times a week. Drink adequate fluids, keep yourself physically active, avoid tobacco in all forms, de-stress, and consult your physician if you are at risk. Maintain your weight and waistline within normal levels. Do consult a qualified dietitian for a personal diet plan and maintain your heart health!