Articles by Dr. Perry-Bottinger

Heart Healthy Diet

Obesity is on the rise in the United States and is a major risk factor for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. About 66% of Americans are overweight and 31% are obese defined a body mass index greater than 30. As people do less and less exercise while food becomes more available, most of us are expanding our waistlines much greater than the recommended 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men. Other than the growing child or slim, physically active person, most of us should be following a low fat, low cholesterol, and low carbohydrate diet. The first thing to pay attention to is how much we eat. Portion sizes have increased dramatically in restaurants over the past twenty years. Just because it is on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat all of it. Try to eat only a handful-sized portion. Try to eat only half a handful of the fattiest foods.

Remember the food pyramid from grade school. We have modified that a bit. At the top of the triangle are the most calorie-rich foods. These are the oils and sugars and should be avoided. If you have to have red meat try no more than two servings a week. Pork is red not white meat. Boneless, skinless chicken, or fish is okay once or twice a day. Salmon is the fish richest in the right nutrients. Avoid oils in cooking by baking not frying. Try seasoning with lemon or pepper. Capsaicin in pepper may even prevent some cancers. Next are other type of proteins such as beans, egg whites, or nuts which you need 2-3 servings of daily. Then dairy foods such as 1%, soy or skim milk, fat-free yogurt or cheese which you should have 2-3 servings of daily. We should have 2 to 4 servings of fruits daily. We should have 3 to 5 servings of vegetables daily especially the yellow and orange ones. It’s because these have beta-carotene, which is a substance that helps prevent cancer. I would recommend no more that 4 servings of grains such as breads, cereals, and pasta daily and again try to get the low fat low cholesterol variety to lower the amount of calories you take in. Stay away from those pretty, shiny pastries. Try to eat lots of oatmeal or high fiber cereal like shredded wheat to lower cholesterol.

Most important, try to avoid food with little nutritional value such as candy, potato chips, cookies, the cream and sugar in the coffee, the butter on the bread, and soft drinks. Drink water, coffee, green tea, or fruit juices (notice I said juices not drinks). If you already have high blood pressure you need to restrict salt even more and eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, oranges, and kiwi. If you already have heart disease, you need to restrict the fats even more and may not be able to eat any prepared meats such as hot dogs, salami, or bologna. Diets high in folate and vitamins C , E and B complex /folate supplements can prevent heart disease. There is no solid proof for the benefit of Vitamin E supplements. Do not forget your multivitamin supplement. Remember your body is a temple and you can’t let yourself be swamped with too many unbelievers.

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Dr. Perry-Bottinger was again listed in New York Magazine, Network Journal, and America's Top Doctors as one of the top doctors in the New York metro region. She was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America on June 21, 2007 about midlife strokes affecting women more than men.

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