One in four Chileans has high levels of bad cholesterol or LDL, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, the first cause of death in our country. The positive thing is that, according to the WHO, 80% can be avoided through adequate prevention.

That is why, within the framework of the Month of the Heart, the traveling clinic called “Mobile Heart” will be traveling through several communes of Santiago to carry out free measurements of cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, electrocardiograms and medical consultations in the field.

This activity is organized by the Foundation of the Chilean Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery (Sochicar), with the participation of Cardiosmile, a unique solution in the world,  clinically proven to naturally reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.

“This type of activity encourages people to have a preventive culture. They are encouraged to be informed about the conditions they may suffer and how to help the heart with good nutrition.Thus, we want to contribute to the development of a society aware of its health and educated on how to prevent cardiovascular problems, by decreasing the high levels of cholesterol in the blood that people have in our country, and the number of deaths caused by absence of treatment “says Gonzalo Vega, biochemist and co-creator of Cardiosmile.

 

WHERE AND AT WHAT TIME WILL THE FREE CHECKS BE CARRIED OUT?

 

  • Tuesday, August 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Plaza de la Aviación, Providencia.
  • Wednesday, August 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Plaza Monumento, Maipú.
  • Thursday, August 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: El Llano Sector (in front of Supermarket Jumbo), San Miguel.
  • Friday, August 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Municipality of La Granja

 

Reference Link: Datéate 

 

  1. METABOLIC SYNDROME, A SILENT ENEMY OF HEALTH

JULY 17, 2017

 

According to data from the last National Health Survey, in Chile there is a high prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome. Especially in people who are becoming elderly,  while 56% of those over 65 have this condition, it is present in only 7% of those under 25 years of age.

The numbers are worrisome, because it is a set of physical alterations or pathologies that increase the probability of generating coronary diseases and cerebrovascular accidents at twice the risk, and five times the risk of developing Type II Diabetes. In addition, it increases the danger of fatty liver and biliary lithiasis, among other conditions.

For this reason, the Metabolic Syndrome should be taken seriously. Nutritionist Paulina Hernández, head of the Living Well Program of Sodexo, says that to identify it, different criteria are analyzed:

  • The waist index (over 90 centimeters in men and 80 in women)
  • Blood triglycerides (above 150 mg/dl)
  • HDL or “good” cholesterol (low 40 mg/dl in men and under 50 mg/dl in women)
  • Blood pressure (about 130/85 mmHg or hypertension)
  • Fasting blood glucose (above 100 mg/dl or with diagnosed Diabetes).

If three of these “requirements” are present, the person is diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome.

LIFE STYLE

Paulina Hernández says that, in addition to age and hormonal alterations, genetic predisposition is one of the variables that can increase the chances of developing the aforementioned conditions and therefore the Metabolic Syndrome. 

Thus, there are certain risk factors that are not very avoidable. However, she emphasizes that there are others that are manageable by people, since they are mainly related to lifestyle such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and even abuse of medication or stress.

Sylvana Freire, Cardiosmile nutritionist, warns that the point is that “55% of Chilean adults have the main triggers of Metabolic Syndrome simultaneously, namely being sedentary and overweight.”

The expert points out that the main thing to avoid and/or treat this condition, and thus prevent its negative effects on health, is to address the conditions that confirm the syndrome, which in some cases may involve the use of drugs, but, fundamentally, the best weapon is “to achieve a healthy lifestyle,”.

For this purpose, obviously, one of the first tips of the professional is to avoid and/or quit smoking.

She also stresses that weight should be controlled as any excess of it or obesity. It has been proven that decreasing 5% of your body weight leads to a lowering of blood sugar, triglycerides and a lessening of  the risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus .

Another important preventive action is doing regular physical activity, always considering the interests and possibilities of each person. Exercise lowers cardiovascular morbidity and mortality through the reduction of LDL and increase of HDL cholesterol, and decreases blood pressure.

 

A HEALTHY AND VARIED DIET

 

Another of the primary preventive actions of healthy lifestyle habits is to follow a healthy and balanced diet. The intake of refined carbohydrates and alcohol consumption should be reduced, while the consumption of healthy vegetables and fats should be increased.

According to the nutritionist, this increases the consumption of phytosterols, a natural compound of vegetable origin that decreases the absorption of cholesterol, contributing to the reduction of harmful levels and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Paulina Hernández adds that a fundamental aspect of a healthy diet is that it is diverse. “We must vary in terms of the foods consumed, privileging those low in fat and sugar,” she says.

You should eat every three hours, which means eating every day breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dinner. Maintaining and complying with meal times on a daily basis is another key to avoiding Metabolic Syndrome and with it all the negative health effects that this entails.

QUANTITIES

A healthy diet is based on eating four times a day, keeping a regular schedule. Bur a healthy diet should also be a varied diet.  Here are some tips:

 

USE RAW VEGETABLE OILS DAILY

 

Oils provide vitamins and fatty acids that the body can not synthesize and they are very beneficial for your health. “You have to consume them in moderation because they are rich in calories. They may be replaced by avocado, olives or nuts,” she says. Animal fats should be avoided. 

 

DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY

 

The nutrionist emphasizes that an appropriate amount of fluid keeps the body hydrated, prevents constipation and cavities. It has been said that it decreases the risk of bladder and colon cancer, and the formation of kidney stones. Natural water can be replaced by mineral water or the water used to cook fruits, sugar-free infusions or sugar-free jellies.

 

EAT THREE PORTIONS OF VEGETABLES AND TWO OF FRUITS EVERY DAY

 

They contain antioxidants such as vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and water. These help keep the body in perfect condition.

 

INCLUDE THREE DAILY PORTIONS OF SKIM MILK DAIRY PRODUCTS

These dairy products can be milk, yogurt or soft cheese. These products provide calcium and vitamin D, necessary to maintain bone health, and promote the burning of abdominal fat.

 

EAT LEGUMES TWICE A WEEK

Eat them as a main course, accompanied by rice or noodles, and without meats or sausages. Eat fish at least twice a week: fresh or canned in water. Fish is a food that provides omega 3 fatty acids, which help prevent cardiovascular disease and stimulate the proper functioning of the nervous system.

55% of Chilean adults are both overweight and sedentary simultaneously.

Reference link: Diario el Sur – Concepción