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Changing Heart Health Recommendations

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During the past year, we’ve seen a number of changes in recommendations for good medical care, including new data on how to protect your most critical organ — the heart.

Trans fats are now confirmed to be bad for the heart, and a moderate amount of red meat is now acceptable.

There is also a suggestion that the “ideal’” blood pressure of 120/80 should be lower, particularly on the diastolic side.

In the past, daily aspirin was suggested as prevention for heart attacks; now the data suggest that only those who have had a heart attack should take aspirin, and at a small dose of just 81 mg — not the 250 mg tablets that have been used up till now.

At one time, there was emphasis on lowering all cholesterol in the blood. The new science indicates that certain cholesterols may help prevent heart attacks.

In addition, cholesterol drugs are no longer indicated for everyone with high cholesterol. In fact, there are protocols being developed to avoid the use of drugs altogether.

The FDA now even lists cognitive defects as a side effect of cholesterol medications, though I have not seen that complication for myself.

Maintaining normal body weight is still considered important, but data now show that it’s not the total number of calories that you take in, but the types of calories.

The old concept was that you had to burn off more calories that you had taken in. The new concept is that certain calories help the body maintain the natural weight, including calories from such as nuts and apple slices.

Therefore, it’s not only important to pay attention to the number of calories you consumer, but also the source.

Evidence suggests that weight reduction is dependent on maintaining good a hormonal balance. As we grow older, human growth hormone (HGH) in the body decreases. There are programs of what and when to eat and exercise to increase HGH level.
 

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During the past year, we’ve seen a number of changes in recommendations for good medical care, including new data on how to protect your most critical organ — the heart.
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