A while back, Tia mentioned a study about increased heart disease risk in T1Ds.
This advisory from the American Heart Association spells out one of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
There are many things you can do to keep your heart healthy. Reducing saturated fats is something that is a good idea for everyone, T1 or not.
(also exercise, but I may have already mentioned that )
I am putting this in the parent category, because starting early is the best thing to do. Not because eating a few hamburgers is going to mess up a child’s heart. Generally the build-up of plaque on the artery walls starts to happen when we get older. But the eating habits we develop as children stay with us! Learning healthy eating is very important.
Anyway, as much as the T1 parents have to juggle with their kid’s diets, I feel this is one of the most important things to work on, so I wanted to share it.
Sorry, it’s not happy fun talk that makes life easier for any of you. But it is important, so I wanted to post it.
Here is the link:
In summary, randomized controlled trials that lowered intake of dietary saturated fat and replaced it with polyunsaturated vegetable oil reduced CVD by ≈30%, similar to the reduction achieved by statin treatment. Prospective observational studies in many populations showed that lower intake of saturated fat coupled with higher intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat is associated with lower rates of CVD and of other major causes of death and all-cause mortality.
How can you tell the difference between saturated (bad) fat and unsaturated (good) fat? It is actually very easy. If it is delicious - ice cream, hotdogs, hamburgers, cheese, butter - it’s saturated.