What Causes Heart Disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, it kills over 600,000 Americans each year, and coronary heart disease is costing Americans 108.9 billion dollars each year. So what exactly causes heart disease and can it be avoided by simple diet and lifestyle modifications?

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42 thoughts on “What Causes Heart Disease?

  1. "The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss"
    — A Estrogenic obese body is created by sugar and all high carbs ,refine carbs , frutose in fruit , toxic fatory food , fast food , The biggest problem with controlling diabetes and weight through diet is that people are lazy .
    You can lead a horse to water but can't force them to drink. Most people rather eat fast food , factory frozen food ,protein powder and dairy full of hormones , casein , pestecides that destroy the cells in the pancreas and cause cancer (dairy is toxic) People rather take pills or shoot insulin than to change their shitty lazy eating habits.

    We live in an "instant gratification" society full of lazy people with Zero discipline or work ethic. Sad but true.

    If you want to lose weight watch your intake of "carbs" , but be careful since the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar happens very quickly. For example:
    1 cup of milk equals = 2
    teaspoons of sugar * 1 cup
    of rice (cooked) equals = 9 teaspoons of sugar* 1
    banana equals equals = 5 teaspoons of sugar • 1
    baked potato equals = 7 teaspoons of sugar • 1
    sweet potato = 8 teaspoons of sugar • 1
    cup of strawberries equals = 2.5 teaspoons of sugar (low sugar)* 1/2grapefruit
    = 2 teaspoons of sugar – Coca
    cola (one can) – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar –
    Raisin Bran cereal – 7.75 teaspoons of sugar (per 100grams) –
    Grapes fruit – 4 teaspoons of sugar (per 100grams) –
    Tomatoes – 0.7 teaspoons
    of sugar (per 100grams) –
    1 Muffin (one chocolate chip muffin) – 4.75 teaspoons of sugar –
    Special K cereal – 3 teaspoons
    of sugar (per 100grams) – Corn Flakes – 2.4
    teaspoons of sugar (per 100grams) – Alpen cereal – 5.75
    teaspoons of sugar (per 100grams) – Mangos fruit – 3.2
    teaspoons of sugar (per 100grams) – A
    cup of seedless prunes has, in effect, 25 teaspoons of sugar ! Scientists find in comparing the sugar levels in the blood after the consumption of a snickers bar that has 8.5 teaspoons of sugar the same as two bread slices ! .
    The sugar equivalent is of
    1 large bagel a whopping 12 teaspoons of sugar !
    Lastly, it is worth noting
    that there are many breads that a single slice of which will raise your blood sugar more than a US Snickers bar (which has a GI of 68/97)…if the Glycemic Index can be believed.

    Youcan browse the table yourself to see. I’ve included some of the more interesting ones below.Breads that have a higher Glycemic Index than a Snickers bar: Also don't eat fruit if your plan is to lose weight ; all fruit will cause your insulin to go up .

    Every morning Instead eat For breakfast eat a high protein diet ..No refine carbs ,no fruit but eat salads every day .
    Atkins diet ,paleo , kentgenic diet are good diets for losing weight .Very important If you eat high protein diet make sure you take vitamin B-6 ,folic acid ,B-12 , choline , Vitamin C 3 grams a day to keep your homocysteins low in your blood so you dont get heart disease .

    .To detox your liver and bring down estrogen eat sulfur vegetables ,Brocollie ,cabage ,onions ,garlic ,Red beets et.. Best supplement for the liver is ..; ""Trimethylglycine"" (TMG) and "liopic cacid" take 600 mg a day best for liver health to lose weight and drink no acohol.

    Excesssugar eventually affects every organ in the body, but initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids.
    These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks,
    the breasts and the thighs. But then it affects vital organs like the heart and the kidneys.

    Avoid soy: Though not a chemical estrogen, it is a plant-based estrogen, and can throw off your hormonal balance. Work out: Studies show that exercise lowers estrogen levels. A 2011 study, for instance, found that premenopausal women who engaged in aerobic exercise for 300 minutes a week
    lowered total estrogen by nearly 19 percent.

    A 2013 study also found that aerobic exercise helps the body break down estrogen so it’s easier to flush away. Get enough sleep: When you don’t get enough sleep, you can not lose weight .. levels of the so-called “sleep” hormone melatonin are disrupted.
    Turns out that melatonin has a protective effect against excess estrogen.

    A 1999 study, for example, showed that melatonin helped block the growth of estrogen-induced cancer cells. Use a water filter: Public water supplies often contain chlorine, fluoride, and other industrial chemicals that act as xenoestrogens. Use a quality filter to reduce your exposure .

    One of the best book for weight lose ; "The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss" .https://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Code…/dp/1771641258

  2. Um, you can get heart disease from chemicals in food. It actually have been proven, you can only reverse heart disease if it is at early stage. What I mean chemicals, is vegetables, to! Which is why heart disease is the number killer. You can also get heart disease from a virus! It isn’t just from cholesterol. Thank you! You’re wrong! Smoking is the number one risk factor for heart disease.. Why? Because, of the chemicals. Stress also plays a risk factor for heart disease.

  3. What you do is incredibly valuable Richard. You make a big difference for humans and the animals. I've been vegan for nearly 2 years and still refer to your videos.

    You, Emily from BiteSizeVegan, Jon Venus, and a few others were the people that educated and inspired me to make the change.

    Don't you ever let the 12 year old trolls bother you, although I'm sure you already don't.

    Much love. 🌱❤️🐷

  4. I'm quite STUNNED that NOWHERE in this video is the word SUGAR mentioned. Um, what the Christ?? You did THANKFULLY mention that vegetarians and vegans get deficient in Vitamin B-12 which humans need to survive, and that is mainly found in animal products. Odd that this healthy diet requires a B-12 supplement to keep its practitioners breathing. I urge everyone who sees this to do some Googling on the latest studies on low carb, and ketogenic diets and the role that INFLAMMATION plays in heart disease. That's another word I don't recall hearing in this video: INFLAMMATION. But I was mainly waiting for SUGAR. Which never came up. BAD SCIENCE, BRO. Actually your video is quite well done, I would like to see you do one on sugar and inflammation and heart disease.

  5. Statin drugs prescribed for cholesterol are causing so many side effects and the biggest one they're hiding is Alzheimer's and Dementia not including the known muscle aches and other crap. Your liver needs cholesterol for bile to break down fat you eat from meats. Its the Inflammation that causes heart disease not cholesterol. Its the fried junk foods using garbage oil that shouldn't be heated that makes the USA money (of course we can't grow coconuts for coconut oil here like we can corn/veggie so why would the AHA promote good oil) and processed junk and white bread/coke increasing cortisol and LDL that is causing heart disease. Grass fed organic beef is FINE with no hormones. Some people are too gullible to see this is all a big pharma money game. Instead of banning the junk oils and white bread filled with high fructose corn syrup they would rather ban red yeast rice. Why? Because it lowers bad cholesterol and god forbid big pharma will lose money from over prescribing statins. Wake up people. The only reason vegans have lower heart disease risk is because they are more health conscious in general. Same goes for gluten free people. Instead of eating donuts and fried junk/coke than the average American. Organic meat has nothing to do with it. Period.

  6. Further follow up to the posts below…

    If it is true that the risk of heart disease rises as blood cholesterol rises, then we should see elevated total cholesterol among those who die early from heart attack. This has not been the case. Specifically, half of all heart attacks and strokes occur in persons without elevated levels of cholesterol.

    If cholesterol caused atherosclerosis; then we would find atherosclerosis throughout the estimated 100,000 miles of adult blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries) within the body through which cholesterol travels. Yet 90% of the time when atherosclerosis is found in the coronary arteries the rest of the arteries remain unharmed by cholesterol.

    All of my five posts were authored by Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison.

  7. Further follow up to my posts below…

    Other statin drugs show this same tendency. A drug trial known as "REVERSAL" showed that although Pravachol lowered LDL-cholesterol by 25% it failed to stop the progression of heart disease, as could be seen by the continued growth of atheroma (thickening and fatty degeneration of the inner coat of the arteries).

    Lead investigator, Dr. Steven Nissen, dumbfounded, commented:

    “Surprisingly, despite attaining a low LDL level on pravastatin [Pravachol], these patients showed highly significant progression for percent atheroma volume and percent obstructive volume….”

    He continued:

    “When I started this study I believed that any reduction in progression would just be due to lower LDL levels, but now I’m not so sure.”

  8. As a follow up to my two posts below regarding the lack of correlation between cholesterol levels and atherosclerotic plaque…

    If high cholesterol were the cause of heart disease, then the greatest preventive effects from statin drugs would be seen in “statin drug trials” among those with the highest cholesterol levels and in patients whose cholesterol levels were lowered the most. This has yet to be seen in any study.

    Looking at the statin drug trial known as the Heart Protection Study (HPS) and the Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study (4s), statin drugs are just as effective whether cholesterol is lowered by a small amount or by more than 40%. For instance, the same benefits from Zocor were seen in patients who had a 40% drop in cholesterol and who had no drop in cholesterol. Scientists, recognizing this, stated, “Surprisingly, people [using Zocor (simvastatin)] in the Study [HPS] with normal or low cholesterol had the same heart benefits as those with high cholesterol.”

    To highlight this point, we can look to the latest and greatest statin drug, Crestor. Crestor plummeted cholesterol levels yet failed to show any effectiveness, as could be seen by a 0% decrease in total mortality rates among users.

  9. As a follow up to the post below…

    Continuing the search for a correlation between cholesterol levels and atherosclerotic plaque, researchers looked to the earlier cholesterol-lowering drugs known as “fibrates.” These drugs, having the ability to successfully lower cholesterol, should have prevented deaths form heart disease among those with high cholesterol. However, the U.S. Government documented that this was not the case.

    In its report to Congress, Cholesterol Treatment – A Review of the Clinical Trials Evidence, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) stated, “With respect to total fatalities ─ that is, deaths from CHD [heart disease] and all other causes ─ most meta-analyses show no significant difference and thus no improvement in overall survival rates in the trials [using fibrates] that included either persons with known CHD or persons without it.”

    Recognizing that drug companies and purveyors of the cholesterol myth would not be happy with this conclusion, the GAO concluded, “This finding, that cholesterol treatment has not lowered the number of deaths over-all, has been worrisome to many researchers and is at the core of much of the controversy on cholesterol policy.”

  10. OK. Let's get a bit more contemporary with the research.

    Utilizing a special X-ray imaging machine known as electron beam computed tomography (EBCT), scientists are now able to look at both cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis buildup in the arteries without waiting for patients to die. Electron beam tomography – represents the most up-to-date level in cardiac diagnosis. EBCT allows medical doctors to non-invasively visualize the coronary arteries.

    Utilizing EBCT technology, researchers Hecht and Harman of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, set out to determine whether or not increased cholesterol levels, specifically LDL-cholesterol, led to plaque build up. Looking at 182 individuals who may develop symptoms of heart disease over 1.2 years of treatments with cholesterol lowering drugs alone or in combination with niacin, it was discovered that despite lower cholesterol levels, there was ZERO difference in the development of atherosclerotic plaque. These researchers concluded, “with respect to LDL-cholesterol lowering, lower is better’’ is not supported by changes in calcified plaque progression.”

  11. What about saturated fat from nuts and stuff like that am not trying to be funny or anything like that ..doesn't that contribute to heart disease also am new to this vegan stuff

  12. Good intension, but I think you are drawing erroneous conclusions based on the facts you are citing. The body naturally produces 3000mg of cholesterol per day, which is like 300 pieces of bacon, which is needed to build the membranes in all 32 trillion cells in our body. I'm not a meat eating advocate, but people on a high fat/low starch diet have low cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is nothing more that a lipoprotein, a fat molecule carrier that transports fat from the liver into the cells, and visa versa. While high LDL levels are associated with arteriosclerosis, it is not the cause. It is simply an innocent bystander caught at the scene of the crime. Cholesterol levels are increased by steroid use, stress-related cortisol production, hydrogenated oil consumption and eating starchy/sugary foods. Sugar is highly inflammatory and insights tissue damage, which triggers cholesterol to begin laying down plaque as part of the tissue repair process. Statin drugs inhibit this natural response and by starving the body of essential oils, which in turn lowers plaque formation but ages the tissues and triggers Alzheimer's (brain harbors 80% of cholesterol in the body). True, vegans don't die of heart disease, but they don't age well either. They look weathered like a marathon runner and live significantly shorter lives than the true centurions of Okinawans of Japan, the oldest population in the world, with meats and oils accounting for about 3% of their daily diet. Vegetarians are also at risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease when they rely on starchy foods and vegetable/hydrogenated oils. I don't know how many times I've seen my paunchy vegetarian friends feel starved and load up on the Doritos.

  13. I'm in 4th grade and my ex-boyfriend told me that he has a heart disease,we were dating for about 3 months and he just now told me cause he was afraid that I would break up with him cause he had it,😫😫😫

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