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Dietitian for Cardiovascular Health Mount Airy NC

Local resource for dietitian for cardiovascular health in Mount Airy. 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.

Jennifer L Sowers, LDN, RD
(276) 728-6765
Canteen Correction579 Chinquapin Tri
Hillsville, VA
 
Charles Richard Bokesch, MD
(336) 786-6146
708 S South St
Mount Airy, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Northern Hosp Of Surry County, Mount Airy, Nc
Group Practice: Surry Medical Specialists

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Manojpal S Dahuja
(336) 786-1598
708 S South St
Mt Airy, NC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided By:
Tamas Balogh, MD
(336) 719-2440
905 Rockford St
Mount Airy, NC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided By:
Linda M Shuck
(336) 527-1507
100 Johnson Ridge Medical Park
Elkin, NC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Yetunde Oyinlola Olowe, MD
(276) 238-3318
847 W Lake Dr
Mount Airy, NC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jenyung Andy Chiu, MD
847 W Lake Dr
Mount Airy, NC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1995

Data Provided By:
Tamas Balogh
(336) 719-2440
905 Rockford St
Mount Airy, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Tomas Vybiral, MD
(336) 526-7997
640 Parkwood Medical Park
Elkin, NC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
French, German, Spanish, Polish, Czech
Education
Medical School: Univ Basel, Med Fak, Basel, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin, Nc
Group Practice: Blue Ridge Cardiology

Data Provided By:
Tomas Vybiral
(336) 526-7997
640 Parkwood Medical Park
Elkin, NC
Specialty
Cardiology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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