According to the CDC the number 1 cause of death in the United States is Heart Disease. They estimate that in 2009 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. In 2005 the CDC went on to state that 454,000 women died from heart disease and 410,000 American males died as result of it. How can we stop this relentless disease? Which new medication should we be taking to save the day? Well even though there are
many cardiovascular medications on the market it may be surprising for one to know that the number 1 suggestion from the CDC to prevent Heart Disease is lifestyle changes. They state that it is the best weapon we have against cardiovascular disease.
What Lifestyle Changes?
Well again, according to the CDC that involves diet, nutrition and exercise. If you keep up with the latest news on health you may have noticed a lot of reporting about childhood obesity. Obesity however seems to be a problem with the young as well as the old. This problem no doubt is contributing to a rise not only in cardiovascular disease but also in diabetes. Diabetes is not only a sugar problem but it is also a cardiovascular problem. Diabetics have a tremendous difficulty in circulatory issues. That is why wounds fail to heal in a timely manner and many times a diabetic must have an amputation to save their lives. It seems so tragic that these two diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes for the most part are self induced diseases. Of course we are not saying that every case of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is self induced. There are some who are predisposed, however that would be the exception not the rule.
The Dr. Mathias Rath Challenge.
Dr. Mathias Rath put out a challenge to the world basically to eradicate heart disease in 2001. His solution basically involved diet, nutrition and exercise. Many people know what foods they should and should not be eating. If you don't I would suggest Dr. Dean Ornish's book on reversing heart disease or The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston MD. As far as exercise one should check with their medical doctor before beginning an exercise program. That being said, proper aerobic exercise seems to help individuals with hypertension, a form of cardiovascular disease, and weight bearing exercise can make hypertension worse. Elevating blood pressure is not what you want if you have a heart problem. Eventually weight bearing exercise would be fine but first check with your health care physician.
What about Supplements?
There are many supplements that can be used to improve your cardiovascular health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to lower triglycerides and improve blood flow. Vitamin D has been in the news lately regarding it's positive effect on the heart. L. Arginine, an amino acid that assist the body in making Nitric Oxide is very helpful in increasing blood flow. Nitric Oxide is a chemical that has a great deal of positive benefits for circulation as well as
improving our immune system according to Wikipedia. Citrulline is another amino acid that helps with the production of Nitric Oxide. In fact, Citrulline is what had many people excited this summer. Scientist reported that Watermelons had the ability to mimic the effects of Viagra due to its high Citrulline content. B Vitamins especially folic acid has been shown to be important to our cardiovascular system as well as coenzyme Q10. These supplements and more are in a product that I use every day and promote called Cardio Cocktail. You can find out more about cardiovascular disease and Cardio Cocktail by visiting my website at MyCardioGrade.com. Cardiovascular disease can be reversed if we give our bodies the right weapons to combat this disease. Stop being a statistic by feeding yourself healthy nutritious foods. Letís make exercise a part of our everyday lives and letís give ourselves the right supplements so that we can experience a life free of Cardiovascular disease and its effects.