Less Bacon and More Nuts: 700,000 Deaths Annually Linked to Unhealthy Diet

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Bacon: the latest craze. Bacon-this and bacon-that, bacon infused with bacon, bacon ice-cream; just about everything you can think of these days has some type of bacon spin off. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, has reviewed some new research, and has something to say about the latest trend.

So, we’re eating too much bacon. What are we not eating enough of? Nuts! These are types of food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough healthy foods and nutrients contribute to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes.

Good foods that were under-eaten include nuts, seeds, seafood’s that contain omega-3 fats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Bad foods that were being over-eaten include salt and salty-foods, processed meats such as bacon, bologna and hot dogs, red meats and sugary drinks.

The research that the information comes from is based on U.S. government data showing there were about 700,000 deaths in 2012 from heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The analysis originated from a national health survey that asked participants about their eating habits. The results were published two weeks ago (February 28, 2017) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So, specifically bacon and nuts; what’s the deal? The foods and nutrients were singled out because of research linking them with the causes of death studied. Studies have shown that excess salt can increase blood pressure, causing the arteries and heart to work much harder. Nuts contain more fats that can improve cholesterol levels. Bacon and other processed meats contain saturated fats that can raise levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we have found that patients who eat healthy recover faster. To schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist call us at (714) 997-5518.

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center
1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1
Orange, CA 92626
(714) 997-5518

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Physical Therapy: The Safe Alternative for Those at Risk of Heart Disease

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Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist & nutritionist shares Timothy Flynn’s press release on the American Heart Association’s findings regarding heart disease and physical therapy.

The American Heart Association released a statement that implored doctors to change their approach for treating  patients with or at risk of heart disease. They recommended that doctors begin prescribing physical therapy instead of the COX-2 inhibitors as their first line of treatment– actually, they suggested that such pharmacologic treatments should come last in the line of treatment!

“We advise physicians to start with non-pharmacologic treatments such as physical therapy and exercise, weight loss to reduce stress on joints, and heat or cold therapy. If the non-pharmacologic approach does not provide enough pain relief or control of symptoms, we recommend a stepped-care approach when it comes to prescribing drugs.”


“This recommendation comes as no surprise to physical therapists, research has repeatedly shown the value of early physical therapy for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. We are glad to see that the AHA’s recommendations of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to drugs are consistent with these findings. It only makes sense to see your physical therapist before trying drugs and surgery.”

Timothy Flynn, President of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)

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Excess Sitting Linked to Early Marker of Heart Disease

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Grace Walker Physical and Occupational Therapist agrees:

Excess Sitting Linked to Early Marker of Heart Disease, Researchers Sayheart disease

A recent study links sitting for many hours per day to increased coronary artery calcification, a reported marker of subclinical heart disease that can heighten the risk of heart attack.

A news release from the American College of Cardiology indicates that the study found no link between coronary artery classification and the amount of exercise an individual gets, suggesting sitting too much may have a greater impact than exercise on this particular measure of heart health. The results also indicate exercise may not entirely counteract the negative effects of a mostly sedentary lifestyle on coronary artery calcium.

Jacquelyn Kulinski, MD, lead study author, and assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, notes in the release that while it is clear that exercise plays a key role in reducing cardiovascular risk and improving fitness levels, “this study suggests that reducing how much you sit every day may represent a more novel, companion strategy (in addition to exercise) to help reduce your cardiovascular risk.”

The release notes that study also offers a different perspective on sedentary behavior, as it links sitting with an early marker to heart disease, paving the way for future research that could assess whether changing daily habits could potentially reverse the damage before full-blown heart disease is developed.

According to the release, researchers analyzed heart scans and physical activity records of more than 2,000 adults living in Dallas. The researchers say that each hour of sedentary time per day on average was linked to a 14% increase in coronary artery calcification burden. The association was reportedly independent of exercise activity and other conventional heart disease risk factors.

“I think the study offers a promising message. Reducing the amount of time you sit by even an hour or two a day could have a significant and positive impact on your future cardiovascular health,” Kulinski said.

During the study, the release adds researchers used an accelerometer to measure how long participants were sedentary and how much they exercised.

The results suggest that participants sat for a little more than 5 hours per day on average, with a range of 2 to 12 hours. More sedentary participants were more likely to be older, have higher body mass index, and have diabetes or hypertension. The analysis accounted for these factors, as well as for income, marital status, smoking, cholesterol, and other demographic and health-related factors. The release states that individuals with known cardiovascular disease were excluded from the analysis.

Source(s): American College of Cardiology

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