The link between diet and heart disease

Risk factors for coronary heart disease 

If you carry the bulk of your body fat around your stomach (an ‘apple’ shaped body), you’re at greater risk of heart disease than someone whose body fat settles around their bottom (a ‘pear’ shaped body). Remember, try and limit your intake of complex carbohydrates – bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, which cause sustained insulin release that prevents fat mobilisation. 

High blood pressure 
A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat diary products can improve your heart health and reduce high blood pressure. Where possible, read food labels and choose low-sodium alternatives, eat fewer processed foods and use herbs and spices instead of salt to add flavour to your food.

Uncontrolled diabetes 
The 1.5 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels will help reduce your risk.

Unhealthy fats
Saturated fat and trans fat (animal fat products, for example, like cream, butter and fatty meats) increase cholesterol and heart attack rates. A low-saturated fat, high fibre, high plant food diet can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease. 

Paying attention to what you eat is one of the most important preventative measures you can take. Download these three healthy, hearty winter recipes the whole family will enjoy.

Minestrone with Basil & Parmesan

Seafood Risotto

Brandied Beef with Artichoke & Horseradish Mash

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.