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Doctor insights on: Sacred Heart Diet Vegetarian

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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If i become a vegetarian will that lower my cholesterol and increase my chances of not having heart disease like my mom and grandmom?

If i become a vegetarian will that lower my cholesterol and increase my chances  of not having heart disease like  my mom and grandmom?

YES!!!: Vegetarians do have lower cholesterol & a much lower risk of heart disease, though the lower risk is not necessarily due to lower cholesterol! the real cause of heart disease is inflammation & a vegetarian diet is less inflammatory. There are many other health benefits to a vegetarian diet as well. See http://www.Vegetariantimes.Com/article/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a-vegetarian/. ...Read more

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I am a 19 year old vegetarian male who exercises infrequently, usually rock climbing, but my resting heart rate is 46 bpm. Is this abnormal?

I am a 19 year old vegetarian male who exercises infrequently, usually rock climbing, but my resting heart rate is 46 bpm. Is this abnormal?

No worry: Are you on any medication that slows the heart rate? Your heart rate may slow down especially at rest and increase with activity. If your heart rate is slow and you feel dizzy or ill, some intervention may be required. However, if your heart rate increases with activity, and you have no symptoms, that's OK. ...Read more

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Why do healthy people (athletes, vegetarians, etc) who eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly still get heart attacks?

Why do healthy people (athletes, vegetarians, etc) who eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly still get heart attacks?

Multiple causes: Great question! a healthy diet & exercise significantly reduces risk of heart attack but not entirely. Young athletes who die suddenly usually have genetic/congenital causes. There are many genetic factors in heart disease. Inflammation, heavy metals & other environmental toxins, infection & stress are common causative factors. Diet & exercise may not be enough to always counteract these. ...Read more

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Is it proven thru large scale studies that vegetarians, who lead a healthy lifestyle, are any less likely to have heart attacks, strokes or cancer?

Is it proven thru large scale studies that vegetarians, who lead a healthy lifestyle, are any less likely to have heart attacks, strokes or cancer?

They aren't: The last few really big studies showed no differences at all between vegetarians and omnivores with respect to disability or death from any of the major categories of disease. Becoming a vegetarian is a moral choice rather than one that promotes health, and I honor these people for this reason. They may also have other healthy habits; control for these and the benefits vanish. Your choice. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high blood pressure. cancer and heart disease run strong in my family along with diabetes. what are some tips on a healthy vegetarian diet?

What to do if I have high blood pressure. cancer and heart disease run strong in my family along with diabetes. what are some tips on a healthy vegetarian diet?

Info: Check out these sites for vegetarian info, meals and recipes: http://www.realsimple.com, http://tryveg.com, http://allrecipes.com, www.foodnetwork.com, www.cookinglight.com, www.chooseveg.com, ohmyveggies.com & emeals.com ...Read more

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Can the sacred heart diet really work?

Diet: I can't find any legitimate medical information to support this diet. As far as i know the only diets with data are the mediterranean and the dash diets. ...Read more

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Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

See above: Diet sodas have multiple issues, but as far as the heart is concerned the issue is their caffeine, please refer to my earlier answer regarding caffeine and the heart. ...Read more

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What kind of diet should one be on after they've found out they have a cholesterol build up in their heart?

What kind of diet should one be on after they've found out they have a cholesterol build up in their heart?

Cholesterol diet: Cholesterol build up in the heart is a sign of elevated cholesterol, poor genetics, and a marker for an elevated risk of heart disease. The diet should be one high in anti-oxidants, low in saturated fats, low in cholesterol, and this should be combined with a regular exercise plan. Increasing intake of fish, red wine, and lowering intake of complex carbohydrates would also be appropriate. ...Read more

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Does a unhealthy diet in childhood cause further heart problems later on? I am 17 now and am in good health.

Does a unhealthy diet in childhood cause further heart problems later on? I am 17 now and am in good health.

Certainly Possible: Dietary habits tend to persist. Changes that lead to atherosclerotic heart disease begin to occur in adolescence, so your diet now can affect your risks later on. These risks are modifiable though, so changing your habits can potentially reverse those changes. ...Read more

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Heart rate keeps bottoming out, feel like I'm going to hit the floor. Tried diet, stping toporal etc. Still have reads of 44,47,52. What else to do?

Heart rate keeps bottoming out, feel like I'm going to hit the floor. Tried diet, stping toporal etc. Still have reads of 44,47,52. What else to do?

Nothing: stop worrying. this rate does not cause any symptoms. if ur hr does not increase with exercise, then must see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with apex of the heart death. What does that mean? What treat meant will be possible, diet changes, what not to do to prolong my life?

Clarify: You have both a right and a duty to get more precise information from your physician. If you have had a heart attack involving the apex, you need to know this, with its implications. If you merely had stunned / deadened myocardium / takotsubo, you'll be fine. A precise diagnosis will enable your physicians and the healthtap team to clarify, and even better, let know know your best course. ...Read more

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Are high-protein diets bad for your heart?

Are high-protein diets bad for your heart?

Yes: And bad for your kidneys too. Balance, balance, balance. Low carb, low fat, high protein - none of these make sense. Eat what you enjoy in moderate amount - no supersizing. Eat for hunger, not for boredom or stress. Don't eat mindlessly. Avoid junk food. No snacking after dinner. No binging. If you follow these simple rules, you will lose weight. Aim for 1-2 lbs a week. Visit caloriecount.Com. ...Read more

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What could I do to break weight loss plateau on sacred heart diet..Eat more soup?

What could I do to break weight loss plateau on sacred heart diet..Eat more soup?

Calorie creep: We plateau because we are human and get tired of dieting! then we nibble just a little bit more than we think we're eating because we're hungry! try to break the cycle by doing a 1 day partial fast: eat only water based soup and no solid food. It will be hard. You'll lose weight. Don't binge the next day! you'll find that after the 1 austere day, your "regular" diet food will seem like a lot. ...Read more

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What is a good diet for heart health?

What is a good diet for heart health?

Heart healthy: 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. 3-5 ounces of lean meat, chicken or fish as protein, or eggs, or 1 cup of milk. Complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, should make up 1/4 of your plate servings. 1/2 your plate should be fresh fruits and or vegetables. And 1/4 of your plate should be protein. Beans and legumes are also healthy carbohydrates. Avoid too much fat, fried foods. ...Read more