Why hydrotherapy might work in COVID-19

Coronaviruses don’t like the heat. In fact at 38 deg C they have a massive drop in replication and infectivity. [1]  In the lab they are grown at 34 deg C. [2]

Coronaviruses inhibit the innate immune system: the first line of the body’s defence against viruses.  In particular they directly impair the release of the “distress beacon” cells send out to say they are infected (Interferon Type 1 “IFN Type 1”) and (either consequently or directly) inhibit the cell lines (eg monocytes and natural killer cells) in the innate immune system. [3,4] These messages and cells are essential to switch on a normal, healthy, adaptive immune response rather than the late, overactive and damaging immune response seen in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

Cold temperatures impair the immune system’s ability to release IFN Type 1 when infected with a virus (in mice). [5]

So being cold both improves the growth of coronaviruses and impairs the body’s distress signal to show it is under attack, which is already being directly inhibited by the coronavirus.

Older people, and those with obesity (with or without the diseases associated with carrying extra weight) have impaired innate and adaptive immune systems, including a decreased ability to mount a fever to an infection. They also have decreased numbers and activity of cells such as natural killer cells and monocyte function [6-8].

So older and unwell/obese people are hit doubly hard by their own weakened innate immune response and the active attack of that area of the immune system by the virus that causes COVID-19.

Fever is a broad based stimulant to the whole of the innate and adaptive immune system [9].   In particular, in respect to COVID-19 infection, fever or hyperthermia increases the release of INF Type 1 and monocyte function [10-12] and directly inhibits viral replication [9]. There are similar results to the immune system if the body temperature is raised by external means eg sitting in a hot bath, as by internal means such as infection [9].

So inducing mild hyperthermia by water (also known as “hydrotherapy”) could directly

  • inhibit replication and activity of coronaviruses
  • overcome coronavirus inhibition of IFN Type 1, likely increasing the chances of normal immune resolution of COVID-19
  • Enhance immune function in those most vulnerable to immune complications of COVID-19

Hydrotherapy was used widely in Adventist hospitals in the Spanish Influenza pandemic with a mortality rate of 1% compared to 13% in the army-run “open air” hospitals considered state of the art at the time. Average mortality was 40% for hospitalised patients in traditional hospitals [13-15]. (NB these are old figures and not subject to the academic standards of research and trials of today. Nonetheless they are interesting to note.)

Hydrotherapeutic treatments have received little study since the advent of vaccination and effective antibiotic therapy.  Consequently there are no randomised controlled trials to support their use in coronaviruses of any sort, let alone COVID-19, but for the above reasons it is plausible to think it should be useful.   Early preparations are underway for a trial in Australia. In other cities around the world there is more urgency. 

It makes sense to use the time at home after diagnosis of COVID-19 to support the immune system to clear the virus, and increase the chance of a good resolution.  It feels like a better  alternative than to just cross your fingers and hope you are not one of the 20% who need to go to hospital, 5% who need ICU or 2.5% who do not survive.  There are multiple drugs and immunotherapies being trialled but most of these are being focused on the late stages of the illness and are not readily available now.  Besides hydrotherapy it makes sense to eat nutritious food, get enough rest, and manage stress. Quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol intake (if you do drink) are also great ideas for this time.

Hydrotherapy is a medical treatment like any other with risks and benefits. Please read the advice about contraindications and safety precautions carefully, and DO NOT USE HYDROTHERAPY INSTEAD OF APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE.  You should use the treatments outlined on this website only with the support of your local doctor, who can help you determine if it is safe for you, or help you modify them to make them safer for you.

(Written 10/04/20 by Dr Emma Campbell, BMed FRACGP)

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High Blood Pressure. Even if you haven’t received the diagnosis yet, as many as three-quarters of the Western world will have to contend with high blood pressure sometime in their lives. However you no longer need to be a victim. Drs. DeRose and Steinke along with Nurse Practitioner Li draw from cutting-edge medical research and their decades of clinical experience to guide you on an amazing 30-day journey. This remarkable book guides readers on a truly life-changing experience. This well-referenced book (over 400 footnotes) is far from a sterile medical treatise. Stories from real-life patients combined with over 100 figures, graphs, and tables, make the relevant medical science understandable for even lay readers. If you are looking for ways to control your high blood pressure without medications–or are trying to keep a normal blood pressure from creeping into a dangerous range–this book is for you.

Author

Dr. David DeRose is a physician holding board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Health Education. In addition to his conventional training, Dr. DeRose has three decades of experience in the alternative and complementary health field. He has worked at some of the nation’s most innovative health centers including over six years as a founding physician, and later Medical Director, of the Lifestyle Center of America. Please click below for his professional CV.

Dr. DeRose is a published scientific researcher, who is also known for his ability to take complex subjects and explain them in lay terms. His health communication skills have been honed by more than twenty years of radio and television work and a busy public speaking schedule. Dr. DeRose is currently heard on some 200 stations as host of the nationally syndicated health radio program, American Indian Living.

Dr. DeRose is known for his ability to make complex health subjects easily understood to people across educational and cultural lines. Dr. DeRose has worked in a variety of settings including the Midwest; Southern California; Orlando, Florida; New England; and New York City. His eclectic medical background provides a breadth of experience guaranteeing that all will relate to his compelling presentations of life-changing health information.

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High Blood Pressure: The ‘Silent Killer’


I learned about high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension, at a surprisingly early age. My grandmother has had high blood pressure for as long as I can remember. I remember asking my parents about it at a young age, but I never really understood what it was. I grew up with two misconceptions. First, I believed that high blood pressure didn’t seem that bad. Despite my parent’s concerns, it didn’t seem like my grandma’s blood pressure was affecting her much. She was thin, active, mentally sharp, and had a bubbly personality. Second, I had the impression that you couldn’t really do anything to get rid of high blood pressure. I knew that grandma took medicine for it, but the medicine didn’t seem to do anything. If it was really working, why were my parents still discussing it? As I grew up, I kept these (false) thoughts about hypertension with me. It just didn’t seem important. I’m sure my experience is not unique. Many of us still hold on to misconceptions about health stemming from misunderstandings and simply being misinformed. Today, let’s do our part to correct this.

The Truth about High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is known as the ‘silent killer’. It can cause damage to the body in many ways. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurism, and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, it can even cause blindness or heart failure. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 400,000 deaths are attributed to hypertension each year.

Worldwide, over thirty percent of adults have high blood pressure. The proportion of the population affected increases with age. This means older generations are affected particularly harshly. Once someone enters their 50s, they have about a 50% chance of having high blood pressure. Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that awareness is lacking. About half of the people who have high blood pressure don’t know that they have it. It truly is a silent killer.

That was the bad news, but don’t stop reading yet. There’s good news as well…great news actually. Hypertension is not only treatable, but it is preventable—and that’s not all. This can be accomplished through natural means. You don’t need to rely on drugs or expensive treatments; simple lifestyle changes can have substantial effects.

Here is a list of some things you can do:

Reduce your salt intake. Salt is the major source of sodium in our diets. (Remember, salt is called ‘sodium chloride’.) High sodium intakes are known to raise the blood pressure. By reducing your intake of salt, your blood pressure levels can start to drop after only a matter of days.

Right now, the average American is consuming about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. This is far more than we need. The CDC recommends that adults should consume no more than 2,300 mg a day. However, that recommendation drops to 1,500 if you are over the age of 50, are African American, or have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease (combined, these groups constitute 50% of the adults in the United States).

Reducing your salt intake is not as hard as most people think. In fact, I can give you one tip that, if followed, will drastically reduce your salt intake: stop eating processed foods. Processed foods, including a majority of meals served at restaurants, are sodium bombs—there is just no other way to describe it. A landmark study on the sources of sodium in the diet found that processed foods contributed to 77% of Americans’ daily sodium intake.

Avoiding processed foods is by far the most important thing you can do to lower your sodium intake. If you do eat something that’s processed, be sure to read the nutrition label carefully. Also, be aware that salt goes by many different names including: monosodium glutamate (MSG), disodium phosphate, baking soda, and a host of other names that begin with ‘sodium’ (e.g. sodium citrate).

Eat a balanced diet. One of the best things you could do to lower your blood pressure is eat a balanced diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Besides lowering your salt intake, diets like this will keep your fat and cholesterol intakes low. Over time, fat (especially saturated fats and trans fats) and cholesterol will clog your arteries and raise your blood pressure.

Studies have shown that minerals such as potassium and magnesium help to lower blood pressure. What foods are high in potassium and magnesium? You guessed it; fruits and vegetables are great sources. In addition to this, eat whole grains instead of refined products. And you know what? Eating a handful of nuts every day will help too.

Be physically active. Exercise is an important factor in lowering blood pressure. You don’t need to sweat hours away at the gym or have impressive athletic ability. Simply go for a walk or light jog during your lunch break or after work. You’ll have time to contemplate your day or talk with family or friends. Incidentally, exercise (as well as diet) will help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, which is another factor in lowering blood pressure.

Also remember that even minor changes in our daily routines can have measurable results. Make choices that encourage you to move. Take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Choose a parking space that is far away from the store. (The walking won’t take you any longer than driving around looking for that perfect space anyway). Or simply walk over to a coworker instead of emailing them or shouting across the room.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco products are known to raise blood pressure in two ways. First, tobacco causes a temporary raise in blood pressure after using it. After a while, the blood pressure will drop again. However, because tobacco use is almost always habitual, it’s not likely to stay down for long. Secondly, tobacco also contains chemicals that damage the lining of your arteries. This damage can cause the arteries to narrow, which is another cause of high blood pressure. The CDC offers succinct advice to people seeking to ‘take control’ of their blood pressure: “If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.”

Alcohol is another substance that should be avoided. If you are seeking to lower your blood pressure, many health organizations, (including the WHO and the Mayo Clinic,) advise you to abstain from drinking. Over time, drinking too much has the potential to damage your heart (not to mention your liver). For women of any age, just one drink a day is enough to raise blood pressure levels.  Besides this, alcohol has a high caloric content and can contribute to weight gain. As we mentioned earlier, this is another risk factor for high blood pressure.

Manage your stress. Have you ever been so stressed that you felt your head was going to explode? I recently fiddled around with my cell phone software and almost lost several years of data. Boy was that a high-stress experience. I can testify that I could really feel the pressure building up inside. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that high stress levels can raise the blood pressure quite dramatically. Although the increase is only temporary, for individuals who lead stressful lifestyles, this is cause for concern. Further complicating the problem is the fact than many people manage stress by comfort eating, smoking, or drinking. As discussed above, these things may only serve to raise the blood pressure even further.

The Results

This year, the World Health Organization is focusing on raising awareness about hypertension. What’s really cool is that they are advocating lifestyle changes, similar to those we detailed above. Why? Because pursuing a healthy lifestyle is the real solution to the problem (not only for high blood pressure, but for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer). Think about it, do we really want to put 1/3 of the world’s population on medication for their high blood pressure when it can be treated and prevented naturally? In addition, this is something that anyone can do regardless of nationality or socio-economic standing. Now, that’s great news!

If you’re looking for more information on reversing hypertension naturally, be sure to check out this excellent resource: Reversing Hypertension Naturally, with Dr. David DeRose.

[1] “CDC Data & Statistics | Feature: Americans Consume Too Much Sodium (Salt).”[2] “CDC – Salt Home – DHDSP.”[3] Mattes, R. D., and D. Donnelly. “Relative Contributions of Dietary Sodium Sources.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 10, no. 4 (August 1, 1991): 383–393.[4] “CDC – High Blood Pressure Facts – DHDSP.”[5] Sheps, Sheldon G. “Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Your Blood Pressure?” Mayo Clinic.

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Immunsystem in der Zeit der Coronakrise stärken

Die Coronakrise hat uns blitzschnell aufgezeigt, wie “verwundbar” wir als Menschen sind. Gerade in Zeiten wie diesen ist ein starkes Immunsystem unerlässlich. Hier ein paar Tipps, was Sie tun können, um ihr Immunsystem zu fördern:

Ernährung
Eine pflanzenbasierte Kost, wäre die beste Option, da sie reich an antioxidativen Stoffen ist und keine proinflammatorischen Stoffe enthält, welche wir in tierischen Produkten finden. Öle und Fette sollten auf ein Minimum reduziert werden, da auch diese entzündungsfördernd sind und zudem das Entgiftungsorgan, die Leber, in ihrer Tätigkeit überfordern. Es ist ratsam konzentrierte, raffinierte Kohlenhydrate/Zucker und weißmehlhaltige Nahrungsmittel wie Schokolade, Kekse, Weißbrot etc. prinzipiell aus der Ernährung herauszunehmen, insbesondere aber jetzt. Industriell gefertigte Lebensmittel sind dem Immunsystem nicht dienlich.
Intervallfasten 16/8, ist zurzeit in aller Munde. Auch dies stärkt unser Immunsystem immens, da der Körper in der Nacht sich ausruhen kann und da er nicht durch den energieraubenden Prozess der Verdauung gehindert wird, seine Regenerationstätigkeit durchzuführen. Des Weiteren führt auch ein längerer Fastenprozess, wie Intervallfasten von mindestens 12 Stunden oder länger zu einem Autophagiemechanismus – der Körper erkennt Viren, entsorgt sie und tötet sie ab. Intervallfasten bedeutet 16 Stunden nichts zu essen, und in den verbleibenden 8 Stunden kann man 1-2 Mahlzeiten zu sich nehmen ohne Zwischenmahlzeiten. Gut wäre zu frühstücken und die letzte Mahlzeit um 16 Uhr zu sich zu nehmen.
Es wäre gut, Nahrung zu sich zu nehmen, welche viel Betacarotin enthält, da es die Abwehrzellen des Körpers erhöht: Karotten, Kürbis, Süsskartoffel, Kräuter (Petersilie und Dill…), Grünkohl, Spinat und andere grüne Blattgemüsesorten. Auch Nahrung, die reich an Vitamin C ist: Paprika, Orangen, Zitrone, Karotten, Kohl (Kohlrabi, Grünkohl, Rosenkohl) und Sanddorn.
Unser Mikrobiom (die Gesamtheit der Bakterien im Darm) wird durch das, was wir ihm durch die Nahrung zuführen, aufgebaut. Mit pflanzlicher Kost, und hier insbesondere durch Ballaststoffe, erhalten die guten Darmbakterien ihre Nährstoffe und führen zu einer Reduktion der unvorteilhaften Darmbakterien. Die guten Darmbakterien unterstützen das Immunsystem, während die schlechten es schwächen. Wir wissen, dass 60-70 % des Immunsystems darmassoziiert sind. Da ist es nachvollziehbar, dass wir unser Bestes tun sollten, um das Mikrobiom gesund zu erhalten. Die pflanzliche Kost führt zu einer Vielfalt an Darmbakterien. Je höher die Diversität der Darmbakterien, umso aktiver und effizienter das Immunsystem. Gut wäre es auch, Obst und Gemüse zu kaufen, das biologisch angebaut wurde oder aus dem eigenen Garten kommt, da diese mehr sekundäre Pflanzenstoffe enthalten. Wenn man auf eine pflanzlich basierte Ernährung umstellt, kommt es bereits nach 24 Stunden zur Veränderung der Darmflora, mitunter zur Stärkung der guten Darmbakterien.
Medikamente: Protonenpumpenhemmer (Magenschutzmedikamente) sollten, soweit als möglich, nicht verwendet werden, da diese unsere Darmflora schwächen und auch zu einer Erhöhung der Darm-Permeabilität führen.

Bewegung
Jeden Tag ein flotter Spaziergang, hilft uns den Stress abzubauen, die Darmtätigkeit anzukurbeln und verbessert die Durchblutung, welches sich wieder positiv auf das Immunsystem auswirkt. Wenn man nicht hinaus kann, so gibt es Möglichkeiten zu Hause Gymnastikübungen und auch Ausdauertraining durchzuführen.

Wasser
Wasser – innerlich: Regelmäßiges Wassertrinken tagsüber hilft, das der Virus sich nicht in der Nasenscheidewand festsetzen kann, sondern dass der Virus in den Verdauungstrakt gelangt und dort durch die Magensäure abgetötet wird. Daher bitte auch wenn möglich keine säurehemmenden Medikamente wie Magenschutzmedikamente einnehmen.
Wasser – äußerlich: Präventiv und auch wenn man eine leichte Verkühlung hat, kann man Wechselduschen durchführen. Sauna ist sehr förderlich, sofern man kein Fieber hat. Wenn man bereits erkrankt ist, bieten sich Überwärmungsbäder oder heiß/kalte Formentation an, aber bitte nur unter entsprechend fachkundiger Aufsicht. Viren mögen keine Wärme, so bieten sich Warme-Bäder an.

Licht und Sonnenschein
Vitamin D ist wichtig für das Immunsystem. Deshalb sollte man sich an der frischen Luft aufhalten, vornehmlich wirksam zwischen 11:30 und 15:00 Uhr, für mindestens 15 Minuten, ohne Cremen mit Sonnenschutzfaktor, da diese die Produktion von Vitamin D verhindern. Wem dies nicht möglich ist und man zu niedrige Vitamin D Werte hat, sollte Vitamin D substituiert werden. Es werden hierdurch mitunter mehr T-Zellen produziert und es führt auch zu einer Verbesserung des Schlafes. Ein zweistündiger Spaziergang im Freien, führt zu einer 25 % Erhöhung der T-Zellen. Vitamin D Versorgung für 10 Tage mit 10.000 IE/d und danach 4.000 IE/d.

Luft
Bewusstes Atmen wie mindestens 10 tiefe Atemzüge reduziert den Stress um ca. 40 %. Erreger können sich dadurch nicht in der Lunge festsetzen. Das regelmäßige gründliche Lüften von Räumen führt neben frischer Luft auch dazu, dass der Virengehalt der Luft in Räumen reduziert wird.

Schlaf / Ruhe
Eine der wirkungsvollsten Maßnahmen gegen eine grippale Infektion ist der ausreichende Schlaf und zwar am besten bereits vor Mitternacht, da hier das Immunsystem die notwendige Energie bekommt, um effektiv zu arbeiten. Da der Melatoninspiegel seinen Peak um 2 Uhr morgens erreicht und dies nur aufgebaut wird, wenn man schläft, empfiehlt es sich besonders jetzt spätestens um 21:30 Uhr ins Bett zu gehen.

Vertrauen
Meiden Sie Stress, denn Angst und Panik schwächen das Immunsystem. „Menschen ohne Hoffnung werden krank. Kranke ohne Hoffnung sterben.“ Diese pointiert formulierte Erkenntnis beschreibt den Stellenwert der Hoffnung für die Gesundheit. Der Verlust der Hoffnung ist eines der Leitsymptome einer Depression. Immer mehr Menschen sind davon betroffen. Hoffnungslosigkeit ist einer der Hauptrisikofaktoren für Suizid und krankheitsbedingten, vorzeitigen Tod. Hoffnung dagegen ist zukunftsgerichtet. Der Anker der Hoffnung ist das Vertrauen in die göttliche Kraft. Die uralte Zusage: „Ich bin der Herr, der Dich heilt“ ist heute noch gültig. Hunderte wissenschaftlicher Studien belegen, dass  gesunder Glaube, auf vielfältige Art und Weise Hoffnung stärkt. die körperliche und seelische Gesundheit fördert und die Lebensqualität steigert. Vertrauen kann man lernen. Wer vertraut gewinnt.

Hygiene
Händewaschen für mindestens 20 Sekunden mit einer herkömmlichen Seife. Wenn man gesund ist und sich nicht anstecken möchte, könnte man eine Maske der Klasse FFP3 bzw. FFP2 mit Ventil tragen. Ansonsten ist der gebotene Mindestabstand von 1 Meter das Gebot der Stunde.

Dr. med. Lydia Schlatter, Ärztin für Allgemeinmedizin

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Effects of weight-control on Typ 2 Diabetes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diabetes Type 2 is a common and widespread disease and it is clearly related to overweight and obesity. The clinical manifestation of diabetes is also related to age. While only 2-3% of people under the age of 50 are afflicted, the prevalence of diabetes is rising continually with the progress of age. At an age of over 70 years, almost 20% are afflicted. So if we speak of a typical Person with diabetes, we think of an elderly person with long-time overweight. But in the last decades also younger people showed an increasing prevalence of diabetes. This may be due to an incline of obesity in our society and due to altered eating habits and less activity today.

While patients with diabetes often suffer under symptoms like chronic fatigue, polyuria and an increase of their thirst, diabetes itself can lead to other secondary illnesses in the long run. It weakens the immune-systems and makes the afflicted person more susceptible for systemic and local infections. It reduces the body’s capacity of healing, so that often time’s chronic wounds are prevalent. Furthermore Diabetes multiplies the risk of developing severe illnesses like stroke, heart-attack, kidney-failure and blindness.

This makes clear how essential it is, to treat the disease well and prevent further damage to the body. While older people often are treated with pills and if necessary also with insulin, especially younger people should be encouraged to change their lifestyle which can improve and in some cases even reverse their diabetes.

A recent study in England addressed the question, to what extend the loosing of weight can influence the diabetes. For this study they recruited 149 people at an age between 20 and 65 and a Body-Mass-Index between 27 and 45 that were diagnosed with non – Insulin – dependent Diabetes in the last 6 years. They gave them a special Formula-low-calorie-Diet which helped them to loose weight. Afterwards they got support in not gaining weight again. The participants of the study got no Diabetes-Medication at all. The results are astonishing: After 1 year 7% of 89 Persons that lost 0-5 kg decreased their diabetes, but already 34% of 56 Persons that had lost 5-10 kg completely reversed their diabetes! 28 people that lost 10-15 kg, 57% of them reversed their diabetes and with the 36 people that lost over 15 kg even 86% of them diabetes was completely reversed. The interesting thing was, that these effects were the same no matter how high the starting-level of obesity was. For example a person that lost from 130 to 115 kg had the same positive effects like a person that lost from 110 to 95 kg.

Altogether almost half of the participants of the study did not only reverse their diabetes, they also felt much better and gained more quality in life.  These results are really encouraging and they shall activate us to motivate Patients in their efforts to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. We should support them in losing weight which by itself can lead to an improvement or even a reverse of diabetes. It will make them feel much better and prevent the emergency of secondary diseases. All together it is the healthiest, cheapest and most natural medication we can offer. Patients should be taught that it is worth it to take responsibility for your life and become active.

 

Source: Lean MEJ, et al. Durability of a primary care-led weight-management intervention for remission of type 2 diabetes: 2-year results of the DiRECT open-label, cluster-randomised trial. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2019;7:344–55.

 

The 4 Best Ways To Avoid Heart Disease

Risks are everywhere. Every time you drive, you’re risking a car accident. Each time you have a conversation with someone, you risk a misunderstanding. In nearly everything we do, we taking a risk. Risks are unavoidable – they’re just a part of life – so the question boils down to what you do with those risks.

Let’s talk about health risks (we are Life & Health, after all). It might be easy to brush risks in this arena aside, given that everything seems to be a health risk. But really, more than anything else, is your health something you should be risking? Risk-taking health can lead to costly, lifelong issues, most commonly with your heart. That’s why we’re here to help guide you to lessen your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD).

You might be relieved to hear that the risk factors related to coronary heart disease are preventable.

The four major risk factors are:

Diabetes

Smoking

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

It’s been shown that, if you have any of the above risk factors, the possibility of having CHD is extremely high. In fact, around 80-90% of CHD patients have one of the four above health problems. Out of patients who have had a fatal outcome from CHD, 95% of those patients had one of those four major risk factors.

Risk #1: Diabetes

Exactly how much does CHD risk go up when we have diabetes? A study of cardiovascular risk of patients with diabetes showed that diabetes can increase the risk of both CHD and ischemic stroke, a blood vessel blockage in the brain, by two to four times.

Risk #2: Smoking

The most preventable major risk factor for CHD is smoking. Just by not smoking, you can lower the risk of CHD, as well as lessen the risk of other diseases, especially lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer. Never smoking in the first place is a great way to avoid one of the “big four” risk factors of heart disease. If you already smoke, don’t sweat it. It’s never too late to quit and the benefits are literally immediate.

Risk #3: High blood pressure

High blood pressure, or what clinicians call hypertension, is usually a diet-caused disease. High sodium in the diet, lack of exercise, and stress, all combine and result in high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the most common risk factor in the U.S. for death among females and comes in as the second leading risk factor for death in males. In short, the risks associated with high blood pressure are far too high to ignore. Blood pressure is very manageable by maintaining a diet low in sodium, refined sugars, and fats. Also, regular exercise will keep the heart in good shape and lower the risk of high blood pressure.

Risk #4: High cholesterol

When we screen for cholesterol, too often we get numbers above where the levels should be. There are many ways we can address high cholesterol, with diet playing a significant role. When we shop for groceries, we can lower our cholesterol levels by cutting out meats, dairy, and processed foods that contain unhealthy fats. Instead of those high-fat foods, choose heart-healthy foods such as fresh fruit, seeds, and tree nuts. These contain vitamins, essential minerals and the healthy fats that our hearts and various cells need.

The American Journal of Cardiology estimated that if just 5% of diabetes was prevented by lifestyle and diet changes, close to 30,000 incidents of heart failure could be avoided yearly. These smaller steps to lower risk can pay off when it matters. So what’s the consensus? Take less risks with your life and health so you can enjoy taking risks in other ways, like going on adventures, traveling to unknown places, and forming new relationships.

JUSTIN LEAL

JUSTIN LEAL IS A BIOLOGY GRADUATE OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD. CURRENTLY, HE IS PURSUING A MASTER’S IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY IN HEALTH EDUCATION. 

Source: https://lifeandhealth.org/lifestyle/how-to-reduce-your-4-risks-for-heart-disease/1612257.html