Lifestyle changes can help prevent 80% of heart of attacks in men

Given that heart disease is the #1 killer of men (and women), making simple diet and lifestyle changes is the sane solution to wiping out this preventable disease.

This research confirmed that at least 80% of heart attacks involving men are actually preventable. 

“It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in heart attacks. What is surprising is how drastically the risk dropped due to these factors. It is important to note that these lifestyle behaviours are modifiable, and changing from high-risk to low-risk behaviours can have great impact on cardiovascular health. However, the best thing one can do is to adopt healthy lifestyle choices early in life. There is a lot to gain and money to be saved if people had a healthier lifestyle”
Professor Agneta Akesson, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, September 2014.

What are the 5 things that the renowned Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm found caused this dramatic drop in heart disease mortality?

  1. A healthy diet (plant-based wholefood)
  2. Maintaining a healthy weight
  3. Not drinking
  4. Not smoking
  5. Daily movement 

Only 1% of men studied actually did not drink, smoke, exercised regularly, were of a healthy weight and ate a healthy balanced plant-based wholefood diet. 

These ‘healthy lifestyle’ men were 86% less likely to have heart attacks than your average man. So this simple combination of healthy behaviors could prevent around 80% of male heart disease events in our population. 

“I think the magnitude of reduction of heart attack is really, really tremendous. We know that in patients who have already developed blockages in the artery and have had to have open heart surgery or stunting procedures to fix these blockages, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly increase their life expectancy”
Cardiologist Dr. Sam Brar, Kaiser Permanente, September 2014. 

“People looking for a magic pill or a modern new technology to prevent heart disease need to be reminded how important lifestyle factors are. Preventing the first heart attack leads to a longer number of healthy years and lower risk of disability as someone ages”
Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, professor of medicine and public health at Boston University School of Medicine, September 2014. 

“Patients should enter their doctor’s office and not simply ask ‘How are my blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels?’ but also ask ‘How are my dietary habits, physical activity level, smoking, and waist measurement? It is time to prioritize these most basic and fundamental behaviors”
Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH of Tufts University, September 2014.

Study by Åkesson, A et al “Low-risk diet and lifestyle habits in the primary prevention of myocardial infarction in Men” as published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.06.1190. Also; study by Mozaffarian, D “The promise of lifestyle for cardiovascular health” as published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.06.1191. The 11-year research projects covered over 20,000 45-79 year old men in Sweden and monitored the level of healthy plant-based foods in their diets.

Posted: Tuesday 7 October 2014