I want you imagine a terrorist created a biological agent that spread mercilessly, claiming the lives of nearly millions of people every year. That is equivalent of one person every eighty- three seconds, every hour, around the clock, year after year. This particular biological weapon may not be a germ released by terrorists, but it kills more people annually than have all our past wars combined. It can be stopped not in a laboratory but right in our grocery stores, kitchens, and dinning rooms. As far as weapons go, we don’t need vaccines or antibiotics. A simple fork will do.
So what’s going on here? If this epidemic is present on such a massive scale, yet so preventable, why aren’t we doing more about it?
The killer I am talking about is Heart Disease, and it’s affecting nearly everyone raised on the standard diet. There are so many types of Heart diseases, which cause death worldwide like Coronary Heart Disease, Ischemic heart disease, stroke etc. Since all of these are very vast topic, so they can be covered in a single blog. So. I will discuss only relevant things.
World’s number one top killer is a different kind of terrorist: fatty deposits in the walls of your arteries called atherosclerotic plaque. For most Indians raised on a conventional diet, plaque accumulates inside the coronary arteries – the blood vessels that crown the heart (hence “coronary”) and supply it with oxygen- rich blood. This buildup of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, from the Greek words athere (gruel) and sklerosis (hardening), is the hardening of the arteries by pockets of cholesterol- rich gunk that builds up within the inner linings of the blood vessels. This process occurs over decades, slowly bulging into the space inside the arteries, narrowing the path foe blood to flow. The restriction of blood circulation to the heart muscle can lead to chest pain and pressure, know as angina, when people try exert themselves. If the plaque ruptures, a blood clot can cause a heart attack, damaging or even killing part of the heart.
When you think about heart disease, you may think of friends or loved ones who suffered for years with chest pain and shortness of breath before they finally succumbed. However, for the majority of Indians who die suddenly from heart disease, the very first symptoms may be their last. It’s called “sudden cardiac death”. This is when death occurs with in an hour of symptom onset. In other words , you may not even realize you are at risk until it’s too late. You could be feeling perfectly fine one moment, and then an hour later, you are gone forever. That’s why it’s critical to prevent heart disease in the first place, before you even necessary know you have it.
Well, we have been hearing about Good and bad cholesterol from forever. And we also know that Good cholesterol is good for our health and Bad cholesterol is indeed bad. But why? Because it’s the vehicle by which cholesterol is deposited into your arteries. To drastically reduce your intake of three things :-
1 Tans fat, which comes from processed foods and naturally from meat and dairy
2 Saturated fat, found mainly in animal products and junk foods
3 Dietary cholesterol, found exclusively in animal- derived foods, especially eggs.
Notice a pattern here? The three boosters of bad cholesterol- the number- one risk factor for our number one killer – all stem from eating animal products and processed junk. This likely explains why populations living on traditional diets revolving around whole plant foods have largely remained free from the epidemic of heart disease.
Yes. it is reversible. With proper doctor’s advice and diet. You can definitely reverse your condition. Our body wants to heal naturally in any condition. As soon as you stop eating an artery clogging diet, your body starts to dissolve the plaque that had built up. In so many cases arteries open up without drugs or surgery.
Since, Heart disease topic is very vast. Every topic can not be covered in a single blog. Please comment below which topic you want to read next.