Heart Disease: Frequently Asked QuestionsThursday, March 29, 2012 - 21:53
Here are some frequently asked questions related to heart disease.
Q: Does a diet high in sugar increase the risk for coronary heart disease?
A: There is no evidence that high sugar intake by itself causes coronary heart disease. However, foods high in sugar-such as cakes, cookies, and ice cream are also often high in fat, which does increase risk for heart disease. Further, foods high in sugar displace other more nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, from your diet.
Q: Does alcohol decrease the risk of coronary heart disease?
A: A a glass or two of wine has been shown to increase HDL
Q: Should I take antioxidant supplements to reduce my risk for coronary heart disease?
Q: Once cholesterol-rich deposits form in my arteries, do they ever go away?
A: The artery-clogging deposits of cholesterol and other fat-like substances that cause heart disease can begin as early as childhood and continue to form as we grow older. New research, however, has shown that a very low-fat diet combined with regular exercise and other healthy lifestyle changes can actually help shrink and clear out these deposits in the blood vessels, reversing CHD.