Heart Disease Issues

Heart Disease Issues

High Cholesterol – High Triglycerides – High Blood Pressure

Did you know? Heart disease is Australia’s biggest killer, contributing to 40% of all deaths. About 50% of men and approximately 30% of women have high cholesterol levels which are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High cholesterol or triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Smoking
  • Family History of heart disease
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Stress
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Diets high in processed sugars and saturated fats.

Are you aware that heart disease nutrition can play a significant role in reducing your risk of heart disease and preventing associated complications?

Did you know eating unsalted raw nuts everyday can improve your heart health?

Did you also know that the western dietary pattern that is rich in processed food can increase your risk of these conditions?

Our Dietitians can help you in changing your diet from a heart risky eating pattern to one that helps protect your heart and increases your quality of life and longevity.

Current research suggests that dietary patterns aligned with the Mediterranean diet or Dash diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) are associated with

  1. Improved diabetes control
  2. Reduced blood pressure
  3. Lower cholesterol levels
  4. Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  5. Reduced risk of heart disease
  6. Reduced risk of death

These dietary patterns incorporate an abundance of fresh and whole foods such as

  • wholegrains,
  • fruit,
  • vegetables,
  • lean meats/fish and
  • legumes/nuts and
  • limited processed foods and
  • limited alcohol are the best for improving your heart health and associated complications.

At The Nutrition Specialists we endeavour to take your personal food preferences into account so that your diet is enjoyable as well as helping you to maintain your heart health.

We understand that busy lifestyles, families, work and social lives play a significant role in your food choices and tailor our recommendations to suit each individual.

If you need some support and assistance with a healthy heart diet, please get in touch today and make an appointment with us.

You can book in through our website (HERE) or call us on (08) 9204 2588