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Portfolio Diet For Heart

Dr. J.A. Jenkins, MD created the Portfolio diet. This diet is not made for weight loss but to control the cholesterol and provide benefits to heart health.

Portfolio Diet for HeartWhat is Portfolio Diet?

Portfolio diet came in as a therapy to lower cholesterol and seeks health benefits with small changes in the diet. It is more as an investment in lower cholesterol than a diet plan. This diet is special because it brings lot of foods together which have cholesterol lowering effect. Recent study published in Journal of American Medical association suggests that this diet worked much better than traditional low fat diet and cholesterol lowering medicines. Still it is suggested that more studies are required for Portfolio diet.What does Portfolio diet offers?

diet fitness plans heart patientPortfolio diet offers limited food choice. It is mainly vegetarian diet excluding meats, chicken and chicken products and milk and milk products.  These food items are high in saturated fat, which is not good for heart health. High intake of saturated fat results in increase in total cholesterol in the body.

Second most important principle of portfolio diet is high fiber foods. High fiber diet helps in reducing cholesterol. Fiber particles bind with cholesterol molecules in gut and excrete it from the body. Among fiber, soluble fiber works best in cholesterol management. Soluble fiber is found in fibrous foods such as lettuce, whole cereals, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, grapefruit, orange, broccoli, carrots, corn, beans, green peas, okra etc are good sources of soluble fiber.

Dr. Jenkins suggests not considering the single food for better health. We have to look at the spectrum of food to get best health benefits. One can also rely on psyllium husk to increase fiber intake in daily diet. It also acts as a laxative.Soybean and its products are substituted in place of meat and meat products. Soymilk, tofu can be taken in place of milk and milk products.

One needs to be cautious in case of high fat soy products. Always consider los fat soymilk or tofu. Butter and margarine is replaced with plant sterols like Benecol which available in US. Plant sterols are also available in capsule form. Hand full of almonds provides essential fatty acids which plays major role in cholesterol management.Selection of this diet to manage your cholesterol level depends upon your blood cholesterol levels.In case of high cholesterol levels one must combine diet, exercise and appropriate medication.

For borderline cholesterol problem, only diet and regular exercise can also show the result.  For meat lovers this particular diet is challenge, but it has beneficial effects on heart health.Low fat diets also lower the HDL (good) cholesterol, but portfolio diet does not affect it. Regular aerobic exercise increases HDL cholesterol. One can stick to a diet consisting mainly of okra, eggplant, beans with a dose of psyllium at every meal than this may be the eating plan for you. But in case of high cholesterol levels seek a medical advice and make changes in your diet, medicine and exercise.DesiDieter experts review it to be a practical approach to dietary management.

It seems like a healthy guideline to treat elevated cholesterol along with exercise and medications. It can be customized to Indian palette including foods that we eat and offering natural therapy to treat cholesterol like methi seeds and bark of Arjuna tree.DesiDieter offers a handheld program to help heart patients look after their nutrition and fitness. Check out our Heart Care Package upgraded keeping the latest norms in mind. For more information on diet, nutrition, health, weight loss or fitness contact DesiDieter Health and Diet Experts.

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Cardiologists Orders: Heal Your Heart to Heal Your Life

NASHVILLE (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Life is often about the heart and what consumes it. Matters of the heart, whether physical or spiritual, are not to be taken lightly.

Cardiologist Arthur E. Constantine has helped patients from all walks of life over the course of his 24-year career. The most important discovery he has made is that there is an inseparable intertwining of the physical and spiritual bindings of the heart.

“We all must take personal responsibility for our physical and spiritual health,” Constantine said. “Our habits shape how we live our lives.”

Constantine’s new book, “It’s Always the Heart,” offers valuable, life changing clinical and spiritual insights into the prevention of and recovery from heart disease. Readers discover what it means to be completed healed in mind, spirit and body.

With equal measures of diet and exercise guidance and Bible-based insight, “It’s Always the Heart” shares 10 patient stories, each with a different physical heart ailment rooted in a parallel spiritual heart problem.

Through these patient stories and other insights in his new book, Constantine demonstrates that all obstacles in life can only be overcome by changing the heart, which in turn will affect finances, attitude, relationships, addictions, overall health, etc.

“Everyone is busy but all have to balance and prioritize the important things including preparing healthy meals, engaging in daily exercise, and studying a spiritual message daily,” Constantine said. “This world has a heart problem both physical and spiritual and it is time to unclog these clogged arteries.”

“It’s Always the Heart”

By: Arthur E. Constantine, MD

ISBN: 978-1-49082-941-8

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

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About the author

Arthur E. Constantine, MD, earned a medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and did a cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. He is a cardiologist practicing at the Heart Group/St. Thomas Heart at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks

Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance™. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the school’s Web site at

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Center for Primary Care Celebrates American Heart Month

Evans, GA (PRWEB) February 27, 2015

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Dr. Edwin Scott, from the Center for Primary Care (CPC) South office, is offering tips on how to improve heart health.

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean people have to accept it as their fate. Although one may lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps to take.

Dr. Scott has six helpful tips to improve heart health and prevent heart disease:

1. Don’t smoke or use tobacco

Smoking or using tobacco of any kind is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage the heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The good news, though, is that when one quits smoking, one’s risk of heart disease drops almost to that of a nonsmoker in about five years. No matter how long or how much someone has smoked, they will start reaping rewards as soon as they quit.

2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week

Getting some regular, daily exercise can reduce the risk of fatal heart disease. When physical activity is combined with other lifestyle measures, such as maintaining a healthy weight, the payoff is even greater. Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. It’s not necessary to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but there are bigger benefits to increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of workouts.

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect the heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce the risk of heart disease. Limiting certain fats is also important. Heart-healthy eating isn’t all about cutting back, though. Healthy fats from plant-based sources, such as avocado, nuts, olives and olive oil, help the heart by lowering the bad type of cholesterol. Most people need to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet — with a goal of five to 10 servings a day. Eating that many fruits and vegetables can not only help prevent heart disease but may also help prevent cancer and improve diabetes. Eating several servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and mackerel, may decrease the risk of heart attack.

4. Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight, especially carrying excess weight around one’s middle, ups the risk of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase the chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Even a small weight loss can be beneficial. Reducing weight by just 5 to 10 percent can help decrease blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol level and reduce the risk of diabetes.

5. Get enough quality sleep

Sleep deprivation can do more than leave one yawning throughout the day; it can harm one’s health. People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Those who wake up without their alarm clock and feel refreshed are getting enough sleep. But, those who are constantly reaching for the snooze button and struggling to get out of bed may need more sleep each night.

6. Get regular health screenings

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage the heart and blood vessels. But without testing for them, there’s no way to know whether a patient has these conditions. Regular screening can tell patients what their numbers are and whether they need to take action.

    Blood pressure: Regular blood pressure screenings usually start in childhood. Adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years. Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury.

    Cholesterol levels: Adults should have their cholesterol measured at least once every five years starting at age 20 if they have risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity or high blood pressure. Those who are healthy can start having their cholesterol screened at age 35 for men and 45 for women. Some children may need their blood cholesterol tested if they have a strong family history of heart disease.

    Diabetes screening: Since diabetes is a risk factor for developing heart disease, some may want to consider being screened for diabetes. Patients should talk to their doctor about when they should have a fasting blood sugar test to check for diabetes. Depending on certain risk factors, such as being overweight or having a family history of diabetes, the doctor may recommend early screening for diabetes. For those who have a normal weight and don’t have other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends starting screening at age 45, and then retesting every three years.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott or one of the other outstanding physicians at CPC, go to

About the company:

Center for Primary Care has been a leader in family medicine for families of the CSRA since 1993. The family medical practice features 27 family doctors and seven existing locations throughout the Augusta, GA area. The primary care facility offers convenient office hours that include weekday evenings as well as weekend acute care.

CPC provides patients of all ages with the most accessible, convenient, personal healthcare available in a family practice. Among the many services offered include routine evaluations, physical exams by a family physician, diagnostic imaging and preventative care. Listings for all seven locations, including specific physicians, directions and hours of operations can be found on the Center for Primary Care’s website. For more information, visit their website at

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Uncle Sam Cereals Receives Heart Healthy Certification By The American Heart Association

Eugene, OR (PRWEB) January 14, 2015

Attune Foods, makers of Uncle Sam, a Non-GMO Project Verified fiber and protein cereal brand, brings in the New Year with the Heart-Check mark certification from the American Heart Association® on two cereals. Uncle Sam® Original Wheat Berry Flakes and Uncle Sam® Skinner’s Raisin Bran will now feature the well-known Heart-Check mark on the packaging for consumers to easily recognize these cereals as a heart-healthy option. As individuals commit to a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, Uncle Sam® is committed to upholding this prestigious honor for its better-for-you cereals.

Uncle Sam® is a 107 year-old brand most recognized for its high-fiber cereal options that are made from simple ingredients. After a review process to ensure the products met all nutritional guidelines, the American Heart Association® certified Uncle Sam® Original Wheat Berry Flakes and Uncle Sam® Skinner’s Raisin Bran as cereal options that can be a part of a heart healthy diet. The Original Wheat Berry Flakes is made from just four simple ingredients and offers 10 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving, and the Skinner’s Raisin Bran has 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving. The new recognition of Uncle Sam® cereals is not only great for consumers looking to live healthier in the New Year, but also benefits retailers that are expanding their healthy breakfast offerings with better-for-you alternatives to sugar-saturated cereals.

“We are honored to receive such a highly coveted certification by the American Heart Association®, as we pride ourselves on providing wholesome cereals that are simple and non-GMO,” said Attune Foods Director of Marketing, Rob Goluba. “For those utilizing the New Year as an opportunity to get back on track with their health and nutrition goals, we want Uncle Sam® to be the go-to choice that jump starts their mornings and nutritiously powers them throughout the day!”

Uncle Sam® Original Wheat Berry Flakes and Uncle Sam® Skinner’s Raisin Bran is available in the cereal aisle of natural and conventional grocery stores nationwide. For more information about the Heart-Check Food Certification Program, please visit For more information about Uncle Sam®, please visit

About Uncle Sam®:

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LeanInspirationMD Presents Tips for a Healthy Heart

(PRWEB) October 28, 2014

How to Make Smart Choices for a Healthy Heart

Many people worry about heart disease and the impact it could have on you and your family. Fortunately, there are steps you can take at any age to reduce the risk of heart disease. By following even just one of these suggestions, you can make improvements that will lead to a healthy heart.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

One of the best choices a person can make for a healthy heart is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Doing so will boost your vitamin and fiber intake. Plus, they are naturally lower in fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium than other foods. Just remember to be mindful of how the fruits and vegetables are packaged. For example, by coating carrot shreds in a rich mayonnaise-based dressing, you will lose out on the heart-healthy benefits because of the added fat, calories, and cholesterol.

There are several ways to go about eating more of these nutritious ingredients. One approach that works for people of all ages is to “eat the rainbow” by making sure that your plate has several different colors on it at each meal. You want to see fewer starches, cream sauces, and fried breading. Instead try to fill your plate with colorful salads, vibrant fruits, and healthful veggies.

Another approach is to fill at least half your plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables. Or you can simply count the number of servings you eat each day. Aim to eat between 4 and 6 cups a day.

Choose Oils and Fatty Foods Carefully

An important choice for a healthy heart is to limit certain kinds of oils and fats in your diet. Avoid saturated and trans fats as much as possible. Choose lean meats and low-fat dairy items. Also check food labels anytime you are purchasing fast food or processed foods such as packaged cookies, crackers, and chips. These often have both saturated fat and trans fat in them.

When it comes to cooking oils, look for options that have more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Olive oil and canola oil are great options. You can also find margarine that is made with heart-healthy fats. Keep in mind that oils and fatty foods are high-calorie foods, so even the most healthful types should be eaten in moderation.

Remember to Stay Active

One final strategy for boosting your overall heart health is to include plenty of exercise in your daily and weekly routine. All types of activity are beneficial, from gardening and household chores to training for a marathon.

With these tips, you should be well on your way to making smarter choices. For more healthy heart ideas, visit us at or call us at 1-888-588-9773.