Cardiac Health and Diabetes

Some cardiac and Diabetics risk factors are beyond our control like aging and our family history. However, all risk factors can be increased or decreased depending on our lifestyle. Things to consider include our physically activity, coping with stress, how much alcohol we drink, whether we smoke and our weight and shape.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease. These include obesity (especially abdominal), high blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol (especially “bad” cholesterol) and high triglycerides. Alexander Dietetics can help tailor your eating pattern to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat found naturally in every cell of the body. It is essential for good health and used to make certain hormones and vitamin D. Only one third of our body’s total cholesterol comes from what we eat (such as eggs and shellfish). The other two thirds depend on what our body makes, and our ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Alexander Dietetics will teach you how to lower your “bad” cholesterol.

What is oat beta-glucan?

Oat beta-glucan is a soluble fibre found in oats that helps lower cholesterol levels. During digestion beta-glucan forms a thick gel-like paste that binds to the cholesterol from food or in the form of bile made in our liver, and excretes it from our body via the faeces. Alexander Dietetics can teach you about soluble fibres and other ways to keep your heart healthy.

Are you on Warfarin?

Are you avoiding all green leafy vegetables? Did you know that Vitamin K is also found in wheat bran and green tea? Alexander Dietetics can help you balance your intake of Vitamin K to keep your levels stable without avoiding whole groups of foods.

What is the Glycaemic Load?

Most of us have heard of the Glycaemic Index (GI) which measures the absorption rate of carbohydrates. When the GI is combined with the amount of carbohydrate eaten we call it the Glycaemic Load (GL). Alexander Dietetics can advise you how to balance your GL throughout the day as one of the ways to reduce the risks associated with the metabolic syndrome.

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