Posted by: crisdiaz24 | March 4, 2009

HEART OF THE MATTER

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

(0) HAVING a healthy heart is paramount to (1) __________ healthy overall. After years of a decline (2) __________ heart disease rates, researchers analysing national data report this decline has fallen off. The obesity epidemic brought on by suboptimal diet and limited exercise (3) __________ be the contributing culprit, (4) __________ to Dr. Russel Luepker of the Mayo Clinic at the University of Minnesota.

(5) __________ we can’t choose our parents (our genes!) we can decide (6) __________ to eat, (7) __________ fit and active we choose to be, (8) __________ we use tobacco or not, and (9) __________ we manage our stress!

In a December 2008 study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a Mediterranean type diet with added mixed nuts proved to be the most effective (10) __________ improving certain heart disease risk factors. In more than 1200 people three eating styles were tested.

(11) __________ a low fat diet, or a Mediterranean diet with added olive oil, or a Mediterranean diet with added nuts were consumed (12) __________ study subjects. The traditional Mediterranean type diet is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with small amounts of animal protein.

The group consuming the Mediterranean diet with added mixed nuts showed numerous benefits (13) __________ to the low fat diet or the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil. Improvements (14) __________ waist circumference, triglycerides and blood pressure, and decreases (15) __________ chronic inflammation, oxygen-related cell damage, and insulin resistance were noted (16) __________ one year. The message is that a low fat diet is not the (17)__________ path to good health.

From: http://www.wvseniorservices.gov/Portals/0/pdf/food-fitness/F&F0209.pdf

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