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Share Some Love — It’s American Heart Month!

American Heart Month

In honor of American Heart Month, we’re sharing helpful articles and resources so you can share them with your patients and clients. Let’s focus on increasing awareness and preventing heart disease!

February is American Heart Month

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

February is American Heart Month, an observance focused on raising awareness about heart health and encouraging those around you to prevent heart disease. Learn more about ways to get involved and help raise awareness.

Clear the Confusion: What to Eat to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Becky Dorner & Associates

There’s conflicting information online regarding dietary fat and cholesterol and their relationship with cardiovascular disease. This article clarifies what type of fats are good and bad for heart health, as well as what a heart healthy diet looks like.

American Heart Association Recommends a Focus on Healthy Dietary Choices over Cholesterol Cutoffs

Endocrinology Advisor

In the past, dietitians and nutritionists have encouraged their patients to limit cholesterol intake and avoid high cholesterol foods, adhering to specific cutoffs for dietary cholesterol intake. But today the industry is moving away from adherence to those cutoffs and moving more toward promoting healthy eating.

Dietary Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Risk: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Cholesterol target recommendations were initially established to address concerns about the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with dietary cholesterol. But those recommendations have since been eliminated in recent guidelines after evidence from several studies suggests there’s not a significant associated risk.

Long Term Gluten Consumption in Adults Without Celiac Disease and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: Prospective Cohort Study

NCBI

This study examines the association of long-term gluten intake with the incidence of heart disease. Results indicate that people who do not have a gluten intolerance should not be advised to follow a gluten-free diet. Learn why!

Resources for Professionals

In addition to the articles we’ve provided above, there are a few websites that serve as helpful and educational resources for nutrition professionals:

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