Yet another Cardiologist advocating a plant-based diet

There seems to be quite the quantum change occurring around the world when it comes to leading doctors and cardiologists changing the way people see heart disease. Bring it on.

“Can the right diet help prevent heart disease? The simple answer is yes. A proper diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for heart disease. In general, saturated fats and trans- fats increase the bad type of cholesterol (LDL) in your blood. LDL cholesterol can contribute to plaque build-up on the inside walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis), thereby reducing or blocking blood flow. Because your body needs carbohydrates to function, choosing complex carbohydrates, such as wholegrains, vegetables, and legumes, instead of simple ones is better for your heart health. Too much protein can actually be unhealthy. This is primarily because much of the protein we eat is in the form of meat that’s high in saturated fat, which is associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease”
Cardiologist Dr. Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS, from the Emory Heart & Vascular Center and an assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr Parashar’s work has been published in such prestigious journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and Circulation and used by CNN, CBS and NPR. She is also a recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA) Trudy Bush Fellowship Award for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health, which recognizes outstanding work in the area of women’s health and cardiovascular disease, August 2014.


Posted: Sunday 24 August 2014