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Dietitian for Cardiovascular Health Foley AL

Local resource for dietitian for cardiovascular health in Foley. 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.

Erin B Miller, LD, MS, RD
(251) 223-3551
EBM Nutrition
Fair Hope, AL
 
Frank Thomas Bunch, MD
(334) 990-9500
18811 Scenic Highway 98
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1987

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David Richard Mauritson, MD
(205) 343-2811
651 Fairhope Ave
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Fayette Med Ctr, Fayette, Al
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates Of W AL

Data Provided By:
James Lane Taylor, MD
(334) 928-7717
105 North Ave
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1970

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Frank Thomas Bunch
(251) 990-9500
188 Hospital Dr
Fairhope, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Kella S Gerdeman, LD, MS, RD
(251) 625-8581
24829 Bridges Dr W
Daphne, AL
 
David Thornton Trice, MD
(334) 990-1920
188 Hospital Dr Ste 100
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: North Baldwin Hosp, Bay Minette, Al; Thomas Hosp, Fairhope, Al; South Baldwin Reg Med Ctr, Foley, Al; Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al; Providence Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Cardiology Associate

Data Provided By:
James Richard Stinebaugh, MD
(251) 990-9500
188 Hospital Dr Ste 100
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided By:
Karl V Hakmiller
(251) 990-9500
188 Hospital Dr
Fairhope, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided By:
Brian David Dearing, MD
(251) 607-9797
814 Bon Secour St
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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