5 Keys to Reversing Heart Disease: Doctor's Breakthrough Plan

Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 09:43 AM

By Nick Tate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Despite all the progress medical science has made in recent decades to combat heart disease, cardiovascular problems remain the nation's No. 1 killer. Every 40 seconds someone somewhere in the U.S. dies from heart disease. That's nearly 600,000 Americans every year.

Now for the good news: Steven Masley, M.D., has come up with a simple five-point plan for preventing and reversing the progression of heart disease, based on his own clinical studies. In his new book, "The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up," he details how to effectively boost your heart health in as little as a few weeks.

ALERT: 4 Things You'll Feel Before a Heart Attack
 
For starters, he tells Newsmax Health you have to look beyond cholesterol and do more than simply take statin drugs to keep your arteries clear to lower your risk for heart attack. It's far more important to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
 
"There is quite a bit more to it [than cholesterol] and there's a lot of controversy as well," he says. "In our research that we've [shown] that cholesterol was not a very good predictor if you're growing plaque in your arteries or not."
 

Story continues below video.
 


Although statins can be helpful for some, especially men, Dr. Masley notes, studies have not shown them to be helpful for women in studies.  
 
"So I think there's much more that we can do with lifestyle [changes]. And without lifestyle, I don't believe statins work," he says. "So either way, although statins can be helpful, lifestyle is really the key. If you do all the lifestyle right you wouldn't need the pill … For 90 percent of people, we can prevent heart disease with lifestyle [changes]."
 
Dr. Masley has come up with a five-point plan — what he calls the "Five Fs" — for lowering the risk of heart disease:
 
No. 1: Fiber. Making sure you're getting enough natural fiber in your diet — from vegetables, fruit, beans, and nuts — is the single best thing you can do to boost your heart health. "They're awesome, they do so many things," he says. "They help us lose weight, they suppress appetite, they're good for our blood sugar, blood pressure, they slow aging."
 
No. 2: Fitness. The standard minimum guideline — 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week — is a good rule of thumb to follow. But what's most important is determining your fitness level. You can do this by measuring metabolic equivalents — METs — that gauge the intensity of physical activity and the amount of oxygen consumed in your workouts. "It's not about how many minutes you work out; it's about how fit you are," he says. "So in 'The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up' we want to show people [how to] do a measurement [of] how fit are you. And then, how to get trim, fit and sexy in a lot less time."
 
No. 3: Body fat. High body fat is a primary predictor of heart health, which is why most Americans need to adopt sensible diets and exercise regularly to burn it off. "The body fat really did make a difference [in heart risk]," he says. "And the two best predictors of losing weight are to eat your fiber and get fit. So if you do those, the body fat is less important and usually goes away on its own."
 
No. 4: Fish and fish oil. Dr. Masley recommends 1,000 milligrams per day of healthy fish oils, from food or supplements. "That's like three servings of canned wild salmon per day, if you're on a budget," he says. "That's an excellent way to help your heart, help your brain. It's incredible. We found actually fish [salmon, trout, sole] to be better than the supplement … but they were both clearly beneficial."
 
No. 5: Food nutrients: Most Americans don't consume enough healthy nutrients, putting them at risk for heart disease, Dr. Masley says. Among the nutrients he recommends: 2,000 International Units a day of vitamin D, 400 milligrams of magnesium, and vitamin K from green leafy vegetables. "They are powerful and 70 to 80 percent of Americans are grossly deficient" in these vitamins and nutrients, he notes.
 
In addition to incorporating the "Five Fs" into your lifestyle, Dr. Masley advises steering clear of trans fats — which he refers to as "embalming fluid" — and processed foods high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and flour.
 
"Those are the two biggest risk factors for getting cardiovascular disease today…I would put [those] right up there with tobacco use," he argues. "The difference is a lot more people use sugar and flour and embalming fluid than use tobacco."
 
He adds that controlled scientific studies he has conducted with his own patients to test his 30-day program have proven it is effective.
 
"We've done randomized clinical trials, so we actually know when we have people follow this program they're fitter, trimmer, they lose weight, they're mentally sharper, their [brain's] executive performance improves," he says. "And we've had hundreds of patients shrink their artery plaque by 10 percent — that means about 10 years of age. So we frequently help people get off their cholesterol or blood pressure meds within one to two months.
 
"We are turning back the clock on aging, all aspects, but in particular cardiovascular aging."

Study:
Doctor Discovers Simple Heart Cure

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Wait Until October to Get Flu Shot: Expert

Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 09:57 AM

It's best to wait until October to get the flu shot, says a top infectious disease expert.

Otherwise, there  . . .

Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Help Diabetics Avoid Heart Attacks: Study

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 09:06 AM

A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect . . .

700 Babies Possibly Exposed to TB at Texas Hospital

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 23:45 PM

More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee rec . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved