According to a recent British study, science may have been wrong about linking saturated fats and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Aseem Malhotra, the leader of the study, says that two thirds of myocardial infarction patients admitted to hospitals have cholesterol levels in the normal range, and that the main cause of their problems is the poor diet and lack of physical activity. Alcohol abuse and smoking are also considered major risk factors for a heart attack.
Although there are several treatments and different pills which can make our heart work better, it’s better to prevent rather than treat the problem. In order to prevent any cardiovascular problems, you need to make some diet and lifestyle changes. We should also stop taking prescribed medications which are worsening our condition.
Hospitals and doctors are far from paragons of health!
Dr. Malhotra started suspecting that something’s not right after examining research from the past. During a therapy session with one of his heart attack patients, Dr. Malhotra recommended a healthy diet and regular physical activity, but was shocked to learn that the man was given a burger and fries while in the hospital. This was wrong – hospitals and doctors are required to support the idea of a healthy diet, not give patients food that can clog their arteries and worsen the problem!
In the last 60 years, medical science has been telling us that the main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and heart attack are saturated fats. However, scientists were wrong the whole time. It’s not about the saturated or non-saturated fats you consume every day – it’s about the total amount of fats you eat. The actual culprits for atherosclerosis and heart attack are smoking, trans fats and polyunsaturated refined vegetable oils.
People often get confused about saturated and trans fats, considering the latter better for their heart health. However, newest studies have found no connection between high cholesterol levels and saturated fats, while trans fats have been known to cause harm to the cardiovascular system.
Insulin resistance is another factor that should be considered when talking about poor heart health. There are other risk factors as well, and they can all combine to cause a heart attack. Luckily, all of it can be prevented by following a healthy diet and also staying physically active and relaxed.
How to know if you’re suffering from heart disease?
The main risk factors for heart disease are
- high blood pressure
- triglycerides above 2
- a fasting insulin levels above 3
- weight gain
If you tick all 4 boxes, you need to visit your cardiologist sooner rather than later.
The link between saturated fats and diabetes
According to one 2014 study, there’s definitely a link between saturated fats and diabetes. The study actually found out that the risk of type 2 diabetes goes up if you rarely consume fiber-rich foods. In order to prevent type 2 diabetes, you should eat foods with a low glycemic index. Butter is a better option than milk as it doesn’t have much carbs and contains pure saturated fats.
When buying butter, go for the high-quality grass-fed products, and stay away from margarine which is full of trans fats. Instead of using vegetable oils, we suggest switching to coconut oil – it can withstand extreme temperatures and is great for your overall health. Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet if you want to keep your heart healthy – they can be found in wild-caught fish such as salmon, anchovies and sardines. Finally, add olive oil and avocados in your diet as they’re great for your blood vessels.
Skip the statins
The recommended treatment against high cholesterol levels nowadays are statins, but you should skip them and try to lower your cholesterol naturally. Statins have been linked to a huge number of deaths, and more and more doctors are agreeing that they are not the best treatment option for high cholesterol levels.
Statins are actually poisonous for your mitochondria and can block important metabolic processes in the body, leading to a variety of side-effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. They can reduce cholesterol through a mechanism known as HMG-CoA reductase. They also block the production of ketones in the body which are highly important for our overall health.
As you can see, statins do have their fair share of negative side-effects, which is why we suggest avoiding them. Instead, make a few lifestyle and dietary changes, and you’ll be able to keep your cholesterol in check. Furthermore, exercise regularly, reduce your drinking and stop smoking and your heart will thank you.