DEAR Dr. Fritz,
Cheers to you. Please call me Michael T. I read your topic on the unexpected heart attack triggers. I wanted to do some follow up questions which had bugged me through the years regarding this issue. I just wanted to ask if there are other diets that could link you to death due to heart disease. If so, what dietary habit can reduce the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke, aside from high intake of vegetables or avoiding fatty foods, which we all know can trigger a cardiovascular problem? Is there anything more that we should know aside from this usual diet ritual?
Thank you and have a good day.
Dear Michael T.,
Yes, aside from the well-known fact that high vegetable diet and avoidance of fatty foods can help reduce heart attack or stroke, there are other things that you should know as well.
Let me start by giving you some data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This took place between 1990 and 2012, where the team from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations examined the number of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases to determine how dietary factors contributed to these deaths.
According to the study, nearly half of all deaths from heart diseases were attributed to unhealthy diet whose risks could have been easily prevented through change of diet alone.
But, the most interesting findings based on the same study were the breakdown of how food or lack of certain food contributed to death caused by heart diseases.
Remember that the food we take in will somehow define us – so as the adage, ‘you are what you eat.’ So, if you eat all the horrible toxins from fats, expect that your arteries will be clogged up and you will only have few years to count. But, as I have said earlier, there are certain food that are probably not on your diet which when not consumed on a regular basis can also trigger a heart attack. This, I surmise, could be the least of what you have expected.
Oh, oh, I would have wanted to start now for the dietary factors which I believe could surprise you, but, let those juices steam as we are running of space for now. So, let me then continue this in my next issue. Until then!
(Dr. Fritz LegardeEspedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o SunStar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)