Diet Can Fight Diseases Linked to Poor COVID-19 Outcomes

plant based dietImproving nutrition now may be especially beneficial, as the COVID-19 virus is not projected to peak in parts of the United States until this summer, and experts warn that there could be another outbreak this fall.

Although I’m now counseling Barnard Medical Center patients via telehealth instead of across my desk, my advice remains the same as always: Remember to eat as many fruits, vegetables, grains and beans as circumstances allow (frozen fruits and vegetables, pasta, and dried or canned beans are all great options) to help boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma Continue reading “Diet Can Fight Diseases Linked to Poor COVID-19 Outcomes”

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Breakfast Today: Orange Ginger Smoothie

orange ginger smoothieIf you got a blender as a gift over the holidays and you have been experimenting with smoothies and juices, add this Orange Ginger Smoothie to your recipe list. The bright and fresh flavor of orange and the spicy heat of the ginger are a perfect combo to help you start the day. Plus, it has plenty of protein and heart healthy omegas.

Healthy fats are an important part of a good diet. The main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Getting adequate amounts of these three fatty acids are vital to both heart and brain health. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Orange Ginger Smoothie”

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Vegan Diet Tops Keto in U.S. News & World Report Diet Ranking

vegan mealIs going vegan to improve your health one of your resolutions for 2020? Good choice! A vegan diet ranked No. 2 for both weight loss and diabetes and No. 4 for heart health in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of 35 diets. But research shows that a vegan diet should have actually ranked No. 1.

People who eat a vegan diet are at lower risk for cancer, heart disease and hypertension than those who follow other dietary patterns, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute. Vegans were also the only group in a healthy weight range. Continue reading “Vegan Diet Tops Keto in U.S. News & World Report Diet Ranking”

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Lifestyle Changes as Effective as Surgery for Treatment of Heart Disease

heart health2A new government-backed study, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA), has found that medication and lifestyle changes may be just as effective as surgery for some types of heart disease. Researchers studied more than 5,000 patients with heart blockages, finding that stents did not perform any better than medications or a healthier lifestyle.

The study only included people who had a narrowing of their coronary arteries, but with stable symptoms and no severe coronary artery disease. Those with more severe heart disease, such as unstable symptoms, a recent heart attack or blockages in the left main coronary artery, were excluded. Continue reading “Lifestyle Changes as Effective as Surgery for Treatment of Heart Disease”

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