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Dietitian for Cardiovascular Health Kalispell MT

Local resource for dietitian for cardiovascular health in Kalispell. 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.

Hammer Nutrition
(406) 862-1877
4952 Whitefish Stage Rd
Whitefish, MT
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Alan Brown Williams, MD
(406) 257-8992
202 Conway Dr Ste 1
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1981

Data Provided By:
Eve L Gillespie
(406) 257-8992
350 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided By:
Jack Layton Davis, MD
(406) 752-7636
350 Heritage Way Ste 2100
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: Kalispell Regional Hospital, Kalispell, Mt; North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Mt
Group Practice: Kalispell Diagnostic Service Pc

Data Provided By:
Niall Patrick Madigan, MD
(406) 690-9307
312 Plantation Dr
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, The Middlesex Hosp Med Sch (352-26 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1969

Data Provided By:
William Thomas Highfill, MD
(406) 755-4111
210 Sunnyview Ln Ste 106
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided By:
Milton S Glatterer
(406) 751-5706
350 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Data Provided By:
Torbjorn Ingvar Joreteg
(406) 755-7785
160 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided By:
Walter G Graves
(406) 751-5706
350 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Data Provided By:
William T Highfill
(406) 257-8992
350 Heritage Way
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Cardiology

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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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