06\ HEART DIS­EASE!

CVD is a killer, but few of us will se­ri­ously have to worry about it. Com­mon sense, and a new break­fast spe­cial, can save the day

Men's Health (UK) - - 2017 Survival Guide -

The Fear Opt­ing to stay in on a Satur­day night can’t save you now – not with steak din­ners and TV binges rais­ing your risk of heart dis­ease. Feel­ing down about that? Don’t. A study in the Euro­pean Heart Jour­nal found that de­pres­sion dou­bles your odds of dy­ing from CVD. You’ve one foot in the grave with­out leav­ing the house.

The Truth Although clogged ar­ter­ies still see off a quar­ter of Brits an­nu­ally, CVD’S mor­bid grip on your heart is loos­en­ing. “The UK death rate from CVD has de­clined by more than three quar­ters since the ’60s,” says Lucy Martin, se­nior nurse at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion. But this still amounts to 530 heart at­tacks and 435 Cvd-re­lated deaths a day. And while a heart at­tack is no longer the one-way ticket it used to be, it’s far from a smooth jour­ney. “More peo­ple are sur­viv­ing, which means more are liv­ing with af­ter­ef­fects,” says Martin. But such a fate is far from nailed on. In fact, a morn­ing in­dul­gence could help stave off your demise.

The Plan Doc­tors spent decades vil­i­fy­ing choles­terol, but new re­search has found that the choles­terol we eat barely im­pacts the lev­els in our blood. Eggs, then, are back on the menu, es­pe­cially since Tufts Uni­ver­sity found the lutein in yolks de­creases heart at­tack and stroke risk. When eaten with veg­eta­bles, they also in­crease carotenoid ab­sorp­tion, which fur­ther pro­tects against CVD. Har­ley Street nutri­tion­ist Rhi­an­non Lam­bert ad­vises adding av­o­cado (rich in car­diocu­ra­tive oleic acid), wilted kale and bal­samic vine­gar to your hearty scram­ble.

“Heart at­tacks are no longer the one-way ticket they used to be”

STACK THE ODDS BACK IN YOUR FAVOUR

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