Cardiovascular diseases: How to prevent them to maintain a good heart health

em 18 de Oct de 2023

How can food help prevent cardiovascular diseases

Do you know that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, taking more than 17 million lives each year?*

Among these pathologies, one of the most commonly known is the myocardial infarction, which is caused by the blockage of one or more arteries that supply blood to the heart and is related to many risk factors.

In the following article, you will learn the main causes of and how to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

 

Cardiovascular diseases: risk factors

The emergence of cardiovascular diseases is associated with several risk factors, such as poor nutrition, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and sedentarism. Unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol increase the probability of developing such diseases.

A family history of these diseases and age over 60 years old are also contributing factors.

 

Cardiovascular diseases: symptoms

Myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular accident (CVA or stroke) are considered silent diseases as they can evolve over the years without showing significant symptoms.

It is important to be aware of some signs. Pain or discomfort in the chest, generally intense and prolonged, deserve special attention as they are among the main symptoms of myocardial infarction.. This pain or discomfort can radiate to the back, face and arms, or cause cold sweating and pallor.

On the other hand, symptoms such as severe headache, accompanied or not by vomiting; difficulty or inability to move; weakness or numbness in the face, arms or legs, in one side of the body; sudden loss of speech and vision; and difficulty seeing and communicatingare associated with the occurrence of cerebrovascular accident..

 

Cardiovascular diseases: how to prevent them

It is possible to prevent cardiovascular diseases by making some changes in the lifestyle:

  • Adopt a healthy diet;
  • Exercise regularly;
  • Don’t smoke;
  • Avoid drinking alcohol;
  • Control the blood pressure and sugar intake.

 

Cardiovascular diseases: health on the plate

Taking care of the diet in everyday life is essential to fight cardiovascular diseases:

  1. Avoid ultra-processed foods such as biscuits, sweetened beverages, sweets and treats, instant noodles, snacks, frozen meals, etc. Although practical and more affordable, they have extremely little nutritional value, increase the risk for weight gain, and promote the development of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases due to their high levels of sugar, sodium, trans and saturated fats.
  2. It is not enough to reduce salt content on the plate. It is important to be aware of the sodium levels in processed foods. Sodium is used not only as a preservative but also as a flavor enhancer. And that is the reason why it can be found even in items like soft drinks and biscuits. Here’s an example. A single packet of instant noodles can contain more than 1,500 mg of sodium (about 2 teaspoons salt), amount that exceeds the recommended daily intake for this mineral (2 g).
  3. Keep an eye on the food labels. As they are a major source of information. Always check the label of the product you are consuming. From October 2022, a new set of regulations require food manufacturers to implement front-of-package labeling on food products to inform consumers of any high levels of sugar, saturated fats and sodium.
  4. Remember to eat fruits, vegetables, eggs and lean meat such as chicken fillets and some fish. (If you found it odd that eggs are part of this list, check our article that tells more about it).

Korin: foods healthy for the heart

Korin, a Brazilian company with excellence in the production of sustainable healthy organic foods, offers products that help protect heart health such as chicken fillets, eggs and fish.

In Korin production systems, the birds receive feeds that are free of GMOs, antibiotics, growth promoters, chemotherapeutics, chemical anticoccidials, ionophores, and animal products.

Korin trouts and tilapias are free of hormones, antibiotics, fungicides, chemicals and colorings. Furthermore, they are produced in controlled locations.

Following Nature Farming principles, the company is committed to the production of healthy, vital energy-rich foods.

 

Por: Caroline Franco

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