With the start of 2018 if you’re not eating healthy and living healthy you’re setting yourself up for heart disease.  Preventing Heart Disease In 2018 should become YOUR priority to living a happier healthier longer life.

Preventing Heart Disease In 2018

To fight heart disease and avoid being one of the 500,000 Americans who die annually of heart attacks, people entering their 50s should be at their ideal body weight, eat a plant-based diet, and exercise for at least an hour a day – That’s the advice from cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall, a Newsmax Health contributor and editor of the Heart Health Report.

While millions of aging Americans have underlying heart disease, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes that can reverse the damage, he says.

“It’s never too late to help your heart,” he says. “We now have clear, documented studies that we can actually reverse heart disease. And I’ve seen this in my practice with many patients. We bring them in, we put them on an aggressive program, and we actually see the heart disease melt away.”

Work To Achieve Ideal Body Weight

If it didn’t take hard work to achieve results everyone could do it.  The facts are staying fit and living a healthy life style takes work and discipline.  Sure some people may have it easier, but that doesn’t negate the fact that if you continue down a path of bad eating habits and neglect your body, it will eventually turn on you.

Dr. Crandall says that achieving ideal body weight — usually what we weighed at the time of high school graduation — is possible by eating a mainly vegetarian diet that includes fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, little meat and oil, and avoiding processed foods and their added fat, sugar, chemicals, and preservatives. Focusing on protein and natural foods, and staying away from starchy foods is key.

Combining such a diet with the cardiovascular benefits of at least an hour of exercise a day is a particularly powerful plan for avoiding the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.

Our bodies were meant to be active.  Before the Industrial Revolution, which is only six generations past, our bodies were active. You were washing, you were collecting your firewood, you were pulling the water from the river.  We did this for thousands and thousands of years and each cell in the body wants to be active.