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Dietitian for Cardiovascular Health Bennington VT

Local resource for dietitian for cardiovascular health in Bennington. Includes detailed information on diet tips that help with cardiovascular health, such as intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids, nuts, beans and more. Read on for more advice and content on the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular health.

Kristin C Irace, LDN, RD
(413) 664-5266
North Adams Regional Hospital71 Hospital Ave
North Adams, MA
 
Scott William Rogge
(802) 442-0800
140 Hospital Drive
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles W Frank, MD, FACC
411 N Hemlock Ln
Williamstown, MA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Douglas V Herr
(413) 663-3400
77 Hospital Ave
North Adams, MA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Janis B Beliforti, RD
(802) 888-4190
2231 Randolph Rd
Morrisville, VT
 
Robert A Gerisch, MD
39 Mountain Rd
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi
Graduation Year: 1946

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Scott William Rogge, MD
(802) 442-0800
140 Hospital Dr Ste 312
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1988

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William Kramer Levy, MD
(215) 517-1036
206 Oblong Rd
Williamstown, MA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Abington Mem Hosp, Abington, Pa
Group Practice: Abington Med Specialists

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Douglas Van Geem Herr, MD
(413) 663-3400
99 Hospital Ave Ste 208
North Adams, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1976

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Carolyn Sue Johansen, CDE, RD
(802) 476-7607
Green Mountain Nutrition Associates The Medicine ShoppeShoppe 20 S Main St
Barre, VT
 
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BASICS OF A HEALTHY DIET

 



I recently attended an interesting conference on the effects of diet on cardiovascular risk facotrs. I was impressed with both the benefits of diet on vascular disease risk factors as well as the data that demonstrated diet to be even more effective than many "high powered" prescription medications in reversing the metabolic changes of abnormal glucose and lipid metabolism. I thought it would be fun to summarize a few of the ideas and then to speculate on what lifestyle changes one might easily make to keep themselves healthy. But before we go further, I want to stress again that this is about a baseline healthy lifestyle - and all evidence continues to point towards carbohydrates alone as the underpinning for the energy needs of the cyclist on their bike.

Abnormal lipids, probably as a result of abnormal glucose metabolism (insulin resistance or pre diabetes) are a significant factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. There are proven dietary and life style strategies that are proven to help pts with severe vascular disease (prior MI, stroke, etc.), so it would seem safe to speculate that the same strategies would be beneficial for everyone (but especially if they had undiagnosed insulin resistance). The current presumption is that this "prediabetic" condition can be present for years before full fledged diabetes with an elevated blood sugar is diagnosed - and the entire time blood vessel damage is ongoing.

Here is another way to look at this. There are multiple risk factors:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Sedentary lifestyle which are factors in aggravating insulin resistance. And the more severe the insulin resistance the greater the odds of
    • Dyslipidemia (decreased HDL, increased LDL and triglycerides)
    • Hypertension
    • Atherosclerosis Improve any of the multiple risk factors and the odds of developing blood vessel disease decreases.

      In reviewing the literature, it is extremely common to note that certain dietary changes improve both the risk of DM and risk of heart disease in the same direction and by the same relative amount. Again, strong suggestive evidence that it is insulin resistance that is the common factor for both development of overt diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. In fact, I heard one lecturere say that if one followed all the dietary and life style recommendations that follow, the chances of developing diabetes type 2 were almost nil.

      The dyslipidemia CV risk factors include

      • an increase in the LDL (or bad cholesterol) levels
      • a decrease in HDL - HDL functions to clear cholesterol from the periphery and transport it back to the liver. (a 1 mg/100ml increase in HDL = 2-4% lower risk of a cardiac event)
      • and an increase in triglycerides. Focusing on changing the balance of these three is the goal. Statin drugs will lower the LDL, but have no effect on the other two. Dietary changes will affect the balance in a way that is actually more effective than statins alone, an...

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