Cut the saturated fats from your diet to keep your heart healthy. That was one of the key recommendations the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee had last week for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But the Dietary Guidelines need to clearly indicate that the best way to do that is to stop eating meat and dairy products, which are the leading sources of saturated fat in the American diet. Continue reading “Cut Out Saturated Fats for a Healthy Heart”
Recently, a question came through an Ask The Expert query, inquiring about the differences between carnosine and carnitine. It’s not the first time someone has asked, and with good reason. Although their names sound similar, the one you choose will be based on your specific health goals.
Both carnosine and carnitine are referred to as amino acids because their chemical structure is similar to amino acids, and they are made of other amino acids. However, by scientific standards, they are not pure aminos. Carnitine is produced in the body from lysine and methionine, Continue reading “Carnosine or Carnitine”
Guest blog by Medical Director James F. Loomis, Jr., MD, MBA, at Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.
The results of President Trump’s annual physical exam are in: He is obese. He also has elevated cholesterol and evidence of heart disease. Of course, the president is not alone. His health, including his obesity, is a symptom of the national health emergency touching many Americans.
More than 93.3 million adults (almost 40% of the population) in the United States have weight in the obese range. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer Continue reading “The President’s Obesity is Symptom of National Emergency”
Middle-aged adults are being especially hard hit by heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So it just launched Million Hearts to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. The initiative encourages people to eat a heart-healthy diet, get physically active, and quit smoking. Good advice. But the CDC’s Million Hearts Initiative should be clear that the heart-healthiest diet is a plant-based diet.
The CDC says that about 16 million heart attacks, strokes, and related events could happen by 2022, but that 80% of premature heart disease and strokes are preventable by focusing on what it calls the ABCS of heart health: Aspirin use when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. Continue reading “CDC Should Prescribe Plant-Based Diet for Middle-Aged Hearts”
“Change happens through education,” says Indian actress Mallika Sherawat, who believes a plant-based diet could help fight India’s diabetes and heart disease epidemics. That’s why she’s supporting a Barnard Medical Center and Physicians Committee tour of 11 medical schools in India, where students are learning how to use the power of a plant-based diet to help patients fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
The tour, led by Zeeshan Ali, PhD, Physicians Committee Kickstart India specialist, and James Loomis, MD, MBA, Barnard Medical Center medical director, includes information on the Physicians Committee’s new Nutrition Guide for Clinicians app; evidence-based lectures; and plant-based meals and resources for students. Continue reading “Q & A: Actress Mallika Sherawat Says Go Vegan to Fight Diabetes”