Archive for June, 2011
It’s no secret that one of the keys to maintaining good heart health is a healthy diet. Unfortunately, too many people simply don’t take the time to properly plan their meals. In an effort to help Americans make smart and healthy eating choices, the United States Department of Agriculture recently launched its new website, ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Fatty foods have long been the scourge of healthy eaters, but recent research is shaking up the dieting world. A study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet can lead to fast weight loss. The results also indicate that this type of diet may not be as damaging to arteries as was once thought.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and New York State is no exception. Here are some quick facts about cardiovascular disease:
-Over 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease.
-In 2006, 33.9% of total death in New York were due to heart disease–that’s over 1 in 3!
-Heart disease, including stroke, is responsible for more deaths each year than murder, accidents and all forms of cancer combined.
-1 in every 3 people suffers from some form of cardiovascular disease
-Roughly 850,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack each year–and many don’t even know they’re at risk until it’s too late.