Alcohol is not a part of heart friendly advice say experts - Part Two

The most important behaviours around heart health include reducing or removing alcohol – not increasing it…

“It’s not too late. You’re not doomed if you’ve hit young adulthood and acquired some bad habits. You can still make a change and it will have a benefit for your heart. If you don’t keep up a healthy lifestyle, you’ll see the evidence in terms of your risk of heart disease. This finding is important because it helps to debunk two myths held by some health care professionals. The first is that it’s nearly impossible to change patients’ behaviors. Yet, we found that 25% of adults made healthy lifestyle changes on their own. The second myth is that the damage has already been done -- adulthood is too late for healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Clearly, that’s incorrect. Adulthood is not too late for healthy behavior changes to help the heart. The loss of healthy habits had a measurable negative impact on their coronary arteries. Each decrease in healthy lifestyle factors led to greater odds of detectable coronary artery calcification and higher intima-media thickness. Adulthood isn’t a ‘safe period’ when one can abandon healthy habits without doing damage to the heart. A healthy lifestyle requires upkeep to be maintained”
Bonnie Spring, professor of preventive medicine, and the lead investigator of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study, June 2014.

The most important heart-friendly healthy behaviours were:

1: Being a healthy weight

2: No smoking

3: Daily exercise

4: Low or zero alcohol intakes

5: Eating a healthy and balanced, plant-based wholefood diet

Study by Bonnie Spring, professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, on over 5,000 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) research, as “Healthy Lifestyle Change and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Young Adults”, as published in Circulation on June 30, 2014. 

Posted: Tuesday 12 August 2014