October 19, 2021

Acqua NYC

Fit And Go Forward

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Creamy Chocolate Dessert

For the 57th year, February is being celebrated as American Heart Month. It reminds us all that we need to take good care of our hearts, because the integrity of the vascular system is central to good health and longevity. Approximately 665,000 Americans die of heart disease every year and, for 50% of them, their first symptom is death. Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters once joyfully celebrated the love in their lives on many Valentine’s Days. Unfortunately, no one is exempt from this disease that most often claims lives prematurely.

Since heart disease is primarily related to lifestyle choices, this is a good time for each of us to pause and take a serious look at the way we live. Since the 1950s, the medical community has understood that diet plays a significant role in the development and progression of this disease. More recently, inflammation has been identified as a factor. Consumption of foods containing saturated fat and cholesterol, along with inflammation, causes the buildup of plaque that narrows and hardens arteries. (Dietary cholesterol is still a factor.) This impairs blood flow to all parts of the body, with the only difference being the affected location. In addition to causing heart attacks, plaque accumulation can lead to high blood pressure, strokes, dementia, kidney disease and chronic pain, as well as other diseases.

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