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Part 2 "Inflammation: The Most Underrated Risk For Heart Attacks and Strokes"

New research points to inflammation as being at the root of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Until recent years, doctors thought of heart disease as a "plumbing" problem: arteries, like pipes, became clogged by cholesterol deposits and slowed down blood flow to the heart.

But now we know that the damage actually starts when artery walls become inflamed by free radicals and other inflammatory chemicals in the body.

Over time, the body forms a plaque over the damaged area and as the inflammation continues the plaque grows larger and larger, eventually clogging the artery and triggering a heart attack.

Unfortunately for their patients most doctors are not up to speed on this. The foods we choose can have a giant impact on the inflammation in our bodies.

The chief trouble makers are:

  • Refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and other high glycemic carbs such as white flour, potatoes, white rice and pasta. When the sugar from these foods hits your blood stream your body quickly perceives this danger and reacts by mounting an insulin counter attack.

  • If these conditions become chronic the result is insulin resistance, diabetes and worse.

  • We highly recommend a low glycemic eating approach.

  • Trans fats are lethal and should be avoided like the plague. If the food package label shows "partially hydrogenated" there are trans fats in the product.

  • In the ongoing Nurses Health Study each 2% increase in trans fat consumption converted to a whopping 93 percent increase in coronary heart disease. These deadly fats are formed by pumping hydrogen into an oil to increase the “shelf life” of food products.

  • Note: It took over twenty eight years for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to come around to accept the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of trans fats...largely due to the long standing objections of the food processing industry.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is pervasive in our food and drinks. Fructose and corn both sound harmless enough but a 12 ounce soda can contain as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

  • HFCS is the only caloric sweetener in U.S. soft drinks and many so called "fruit" drinks are loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Take a look at the labels.

So what makes corn syrup such an unhealthy, fat-promoting product? Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar and also raises triglycerides.

How can we tell if our bodies are full of inflammation? A simple blood test measures the amount of C-reactive protein (CRP) in our blood. Presidents Bush and Clinton have their blood checked for C-reactive protein and you should be sure your doctor includes this test in your next check up.

Tomorrow in Part 3 "Heart Report Stop Inflammation" we will show you how to neutralize the inflammation in your body.

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Gene

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