THIS WEEK'S HEALTH TIP: EAT A HEART-HEALTHY DIET.
A heart-healthy diet
may lower the risk of heart attack or stroke by 30% by reducing
cardiovascular risk factors, according to a new British study. Half the
randomized group of men and women ages 40-70 were told to follow basic
British dietary guidelines (similar to those in the U.S.): eat more
fruits and vegetables, fatty fish, whole grains and nuts, and less salt,
saturated fat and added sugars. The other half of the group just ate a
traditional diet. After three months, the healthy diet group reduced
bad cholesterol and triglycerides by 10%, systolic blood pressure (top
number) by 4 points, waist size by 1/2 inch and weight by 3 lbs.
compared to the control group.