Is Heart Disease a Chronic Disease of Lifestyle (CDL)

The health of the heart reflects the health of the body. Heart disease is a chronic disease of Lifestyle (CDL). Chronic diseases of lifestyle (CDL) are a group of diseases that share similar risk factors because of exposure, over many decades, to unhealthy diets, smoking, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and stress. The major risk factors are high blood pressure, tobacco addiction, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. These result in various long-term disease processes, culminating in high mortality rates attributable to stroke, heart attack, tobacco- and nutrition-induced cancers, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, renal failure, and many others.

Let's look at the historical deaths from coronary artery disease: Between 1900-1920 there were fewer than 50 deaths per 100,000  and by 1970 there were 300 deaths per 100,000. There is a direct link between the increase of heart disease and the consumption of processed food.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Heart disease results from the overconsumption of processed foods which leads to inflammation and nutritional deficiencies! As a CDL, lifestyle also contributes to heart disease. 

If you're a "cup half full" type of person and heart disease runs in your family, this is good information. Why......because YOU have the power to do something about it. There is no "magic pill." to keep you healthy; instead there are the Foundations of good health: nutrient dense whole food diet, digestion, blood sugar, fatty acids, minerals and hydration. How you eat, sleep, move and supplement have a profound effect on your health so let's get to work!

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