My uncle suffered a heart attack a few days ago. He is in his 50's and is recovering nicely, thankfully. From what I've seen my aunt and uncle aren't big health nuts, and I'm sure the heart attack will bring many changes in their diet. I'd like to tactfully offer the idea of a Paleo diet because I truly believe it is the only way to live and eat for good health, but I'm sure they would like to see some info to back it up. It kills me to hear they want to stop eating eggs, bacon and red meat :(
My question is this: Is there any literature/studies out there, or previous threads, that discuss a Paleo diet implemented post heart attack? Thanks so much!
asked byMousie (100)
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on August 11, 2011
at 07:08 PM
I'm not sure of any studies about post heart-attack, sorry. However, I would give your Uncle some reading to do. I'd send him Kurt Harris' blog Archevore, particularly for the discussion on different types of fats, a great introduction to paleo, and a no nonsense style. I'd also send him to Stephan Guyenet's blog (I think the older stuff will be more what you're looking for) for the discussions on fats particularly and his unbiased reviews of the current literature on different nutritional topics. Gary Taubes' book Good Calories Bad Calories is great for destroying any lingering doubts about saturated fat, but I'd caution him on accepting the carbohydrate hypothesis presented point blank. The Hyperlipid blog is very good, as is Chris Masterjohn's The Daily Lipid (although it does get very technical at times).
on August 11, 2011
at 11:42 PM
If he's already had a heart attack...I don't think I'd recommend large amounts of red meat/saturated fat that quickly. After all, plenty of people doing high RM/SF do end up with worse numbers (of questionable use, but the correlation between the numbers and heart disease are still there). It seems like his body is in an inflammatory state, and more RM/SF would only contribute to cholesterol oxidation and artery damage by raising cholesterol. You should read some of Cordain's recent articles on saturated fat. I think it's probably best to stick with monosaturated for awhile and lower the carb count, at least until his inflammation calms down. The best diet is not always the best diet at all times. In an inflammatory environment, it could damage more than it heals.