Cardiovascular disease, a group of heart-related disorders, is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but fortunately, many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease can be modified, treated, or controlled by healthy lifestyle choices.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is the most preventable contributor to cardiovascular disease in the world, partly because it puts additional demands on the heart muscle and damages blood vessels. A dietary pattern that’s high in healthful nutrients for blood pressure, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium, and low in sodium, can make a tremendous difference in blood pressure levels. In nutrition counseling, you’ll receive individualized recommendations to help lower your risk, including tailored dietary recommendations and help with making changes that last.
Hypercholesterolemia refers to high cholesterol levels in the blood, but in reality, your lipid profile may be abnormal in several ways, including elevations in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Elevated levels of cholesterol and other lipids in the blood can cause fatty deposits in the arteries, which is particularly dangerous when it affects vessels of the heart and the brain.
Even if your high cholesterol is caused by genetics, a heart-healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can improve your cholesterol. In nutrition counseling, we’ll determine which lifestyle changes will be most beneficial for you and create your individualized plan for lasting change.
Hypertriglyceridemia is very responsive to nutrition therapy, and people who are able to change their eating patterns usually experience dramatic decreases in serum triglyceride levels. Based on your triglyceride levels and type of hypertriglyceridemia, we can work together in nutrition counseling to help you achieve your optimal distribution of fat and carbohydrate for triglyceride-lowering benefits.