An Expert’s Tips On How To Become “Heart-Attack Proof”

by Andrea Miller

Sometimes, when a cardiologist or physician is rambling on about healthy triglyceride levels, LDLs, HDLs, and cholesterol, it can be hard to know what the doctor is talking about. Luckily, our original series The Big Fat Truth works with top experts—like Dr. Greger—who can break down the science to help us all get healthy. 

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On two episodes of The Big Fat Truth this year, leading expert and author on the whole-food, plant-based diet, Dr. Michael Greger dropped in and offered some wisdom for the show’s guests. We later sat down with Dr. Greger—the man behind the best-selling book How Not To Die—and got some explanations for the most important dietary lingo out there. 

What You Need To Pay Attention To

According to Dr. Greger, the most important things to pay attention to when trying to keep a healthy heart are your triglycerides, and cholesterol

Triglycerides, according to Dr. Greger, can be thought of as excess fat in the blood, which leads to heart dysfunction. He explains the process saying, “It [triglycerides] makes our red blood cells sticky, so they try and squeeze through capillaries and get stuck. This starves our body of nutrients and oxygen, leading to to chronic diseases like heart disease.” 

Cholesterol, is something Dr. Greger says we should get tested first in our twenties, and then regularly from then on to make sure it’s low enough. He reminded us, “The number one reason people die is heart disease, which is essentially non-existent among people who force their cholesterol low enough by eating a healthy enough diet… Essentially, that makes you heart-attack proof.” 

Also on Z Living: What Are “Good” Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels—And How Do I Get Them?

Okay, But What's A Healthy Enough Diet? 

Dr. Greger, along with host of The Big Fat Truth JD Roth, and a large number of other experts will tell you the best way to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers healthy, is with a whole-food, plant-based diet. Dr. Greger says the whole-food, plant-based diet is, “The only diet that’s ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients… If that’s all a plant-based diet can do—reverse the number-one killer of men and women—shouldn’t that be the default until proven otherwise?" 

Also on Z Living: Dr. Greger Wants You To Know How To Reverse Heart Disease

The Big Fat Challenge

The best part of The Big Fat Truth is that it spreads a message of health and wellness that can change and save lives. So, we packaged the formula for the diets and health tips offered to guests on the show, and presented it to the world to try. Over 20,000 people have already signed up for The Big Fat Challenge, and by signing up here, you can too! 

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