In last week’s discussion on how to reduce our risk for heart disease without resorting to pills, I mentioned the Mediterranean diet as one idea to consider. As you may have guessed, lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and tobacco use affect our cardiovascular health. Studies have shown those living near the Mediterranean suffer less than most Americans from heart disease. To that end, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that a Mediterranean type diet is often promoted for health reasons (NEJM).
Last week, we learned there is no statistically significant mortality benefit to taking statins to prevent heart disease, especially if one is at low risk for cardiovascular disease. Yet, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. (CDC) For those of us at low risk, how else can we prevent it without resorting to pills?
Many doctors get their information from the pharmaceutical companies that profit directly from the very treatments they are proposing. Where can one turn to find unbiased healthcare advice?