Dr Oz brought back Dr Arthur Agatston, creator of The South Beach Diet, after doing his segment on Dr Oz’s Alternative Health All-Stars. Doctor Oz said that Dr Agatston is a world-class cardiologist who is cracking the code to Heart Disease, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr Agatston offered a few great tips to lower your risk of Heart Disease.
Dr Oz & Arthur Agatston: Cholesterol
Dr Arthur Agatston said that at first, many years ago, we worried about our total cholesterol number. Then, we learned to differentiate between good cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol) and bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol). But now we are learning that there are things that you can think of as Angel Cholesterol Particles and there are other things like Devil Cholesterol Particles. So, if you have high cholesterol numbers but generally seem healthy, thin and fit – you should double check that you really need to be on cholesterol medication. Dr Oz said that at the same time, if you are overweight and generally have poor health, but your cholesterol numbers look great, you should not believe your cholesterol is fine because you could have the Devil Cholesterol Particles – and even just a few of them can wreak havoc.
Dr Arthur Agatston said that The South Beach Diet tells people to lose weight based on a diet of good fats, good carbohydrates and lean proteins. Lots of people think that fat is what causes heart problems, but canola oil and olive oil are actually good for you. It is the trans fats and saturated fats that are the worst for you.
Dr Oz: Good Fats Fight Inflammation
Dr Arthur Agatston said that good fats like cold water fish (light tuna), canola oil and olive oil help to fight off inflammation. They lubricate your arteries and can actually reverse inflammation in your arteries. Dr Agatston said that it is kind of like using condition for knotty hair. When you use good fats, everything flows nicely again.
Dr Oz: Lower Triglycerides
Dr Oz showed some whole grains, walnuts and Flaxseed Oil that help to Lower Triglycerides. People with high triglycerides and no medication can often lower their triglyceride level dramatically through a change in diet. Good carbs are important to help lower these triglycerides.
Dr Oz: Lower Blood Pressure
Dr Oz is always saying that high blood pressure is the number 1 cause of aging. You can help to lower your blood pressure by eating whole grains and fresh vegetables like broccoli and red pepper. Dr Arthur Agatston said that when someone has already had a heart attack, they will often need medication in addition to a healthy diet. But if you eat a diet like this from the time that you are young, you won’t ever have a heart attack in the first place, unless you are genetically pre-disposed to it. Even if you already have heart disease, if you start The South Beach Diet, you can reverse your heart disease and get your health back on track.