The diet plan you choose to prevent heart disease will depend on your unique risk factors. People with hypertension, for example, should choose a plan low in sodium and fat.
Those with high cholesterol should consider a diet rich in olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids, and other heart-healthy fats.
It is unlikely that you'll ward off heart disease through diet aloneexercise and heart medications matter toobut your choices at the dinner table really can determine your future.
A healthy weight is a healthy heart
One reason it's important to eat healthfully is to keep your body weight in a normal range.
A study of nearly 30,000 men found that overweight men (BMI 25 to 28.9) had a 72% increased risk of developing coronary heart disease over a three-year period, compared with men of a normal weight. Obese men had a 244% increased risk.
Another study found that adhering to any weight-loss planeven a high-fat programover one year can reduce your LDL/HDL ratio by 10% and modestly lower overall cardiac risk factors.