A new study has examined the relationship between weight, physical activity, and cardiovascular health.
According to this new research regular exercise cannot offset negative effects of excess body weight on heart health. Giving pause to the idea that one can be heavy and completely healthy.
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology.
This new study contradicts previous studies which found that physical activity could help counter the effects of extra body weight on the heart. The study stated that being heavy but healthy equates approximately to being thin and unhealthy when it comes to the cardiovascular system.
The author of the study worries that recent prioritization of physical activity overweight loss is a dangerous road for many patients to go down. They believe their data shows that the opposite is true.
The study examined over fifty thousand Spanish adults and found that physical activity was important for everyone to maintain cardiovascular health but that weight is still a factor.
Time (time.com) had an article asking the question, “Are Egg Yolks Unhealthy?” This provoked the Victor crew to find out more about this. Here are some highlights from the article:
The yolks have the bulk of an eggs iron, folate, vitamins, and minerals. The downside: eggs yolks are a source of cholesterol. This is why we have things like Egg-Beaters out there, and why egg white omelets are a thing. But here’s the rub: dietary cholesterol does not translate into high levels of blood cholesterol. Current data does not justify eschewing eggs.
Eggs seemed to be vilified for so long, it is a relief to be able to eat them every day if you so choose. You shouldn’t eat five eggs in an omelet, just as too much of any one food is not as healthy, but feel free to eat them. The only questions that some data show is that high egg consumption by those with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.
You Asked: Are Egg Yolks Unhealthy?
Hiking is a good exercise. It is economical and there are a lot of health benefits. The Victor crew would like to share some benefits:
It is aerobic. Hiking provides moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.
It can lower cardiovascular risk by lowering triglycerides and elevating your good cholesterol levels.
Aerobic exercise like hiking can increase your energy levels.
Hiking burns calories. Of course the longer you hike and more mountains and uneven terrain you encounter, the more you will burn.
If you hike regularly, you can improve bone density. It can also keep joint stiffness at bay.
Hiking can help relieve stress.
Being outdoors can help you gain more essential Vitamin D.
Start out slowly and build up. Start hiking for a shorter amount of time on flatter ground and slowly add time and terrain. You can even prepare by using the different settings on a treadmill before conquering that hill or mountain.
Healthy eating and exercise can lead to a healthier heart. The Victor crew found some tips from Health.com to help prevent heart attacks, like avoiding unhealthy food and eating foods rich in nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats.
- Salmon and other fatty fish (like sardines and mackerel) – they contain omega-3 fatty acids
- Oatmeal (and other whole grains) – high in soluble fiber
- Blueberries – antioxidants, flavonoids
- Dark chocolate (yum!) – flavonoids (make sure it’s 60-70% cocoa)
- Citrus fruits – flavonoids, vitamin C
- Soy – protein without unhealthy fats and cholesterol
- Potatoes (not fried) – potassium
- Tomatoes – potassium, antioxidants
- Nuts – fiber, vitamin E
- Legumes – protein without unhealthy fats
- Extra-virgin olive oil – monosaturated fats
- Red wine – (only one per day) resveratrol (you can also get this from peanut butter and grapes)
- Green tea – antioxidants
- Broccoli, spinach, kale – antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals
- Flax or chia seeds – omega-3 fatty acids
- Avocado – monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, potassium
- Pomegranate – antioxidants
~ Steve Victor
From ConsumerReports.org comes some heart-healthy tips just in time for Valentine’s Day.
- Consider a home blood pressure monitor. If you already have high blood pressure, here are some tips to help lower it.
- Get the right cholesterol-lowering medication. Here are some tips for keeping your cholesterol in check.
- Know your heart age. You can use this online tool.
- Recognize a heart attack. Some things to watch for can be found here.
- Find a good heart surgeon. This would only apply if you already have heart disease. Best to be ready.