This week, NBC News highlighted a study demonstrating that nearly HALF of all deaths related to heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be attributed to diet. Originally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the story was also covered by Reuters and Associated Press and is big news.
It turns out that an insufficient intake of nuts and seeds, seafood, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats – as well as excess intake of sodium, processed meats, red meats and sugar sweetened beverages – is lethal.
Unfortunately most Americans get too much salt, soda and meat and have woefully inadequate intakes of nuts, seeds, whole grains, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables.
This is why Step One Foods exists - because we recognized long ago that the root cause of much illness is diet, and that this needs to be addressed vigorously. Maybe we were ahead of our time. But studies such as this are finally waking up the medical community to the reality that what we eat is really important. And that drugs are not the solution to everything.
Step One has, all along, contained the critical, longevity-promoting nutrients described in the study - in amounts known to make a real difference. And we've demonstrated that small changes in diet with our precisely formulated foods, can have a big impact on health. Our science-based food approach truly is the solution for many of our health issues.
But this study doesn't just validate the need for solutions such as ours. It also sounds an alarm that we are leaving much of care literally "on the table". If your doctor doesn't know that you are eating bagels for breakfast, fast food for lunch and pizza for dinner, they cannot truly cure your high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Or help you live longer. No matter how many pills they throw into the mix.
So if your doctor has never asked you about what you eat, make sure you bring up the subject at your next visit. At the very least, inquire as to whether there are any specific foods you should be eating - or avoiding - to better treat your condition. And if your doctor doesn't know about Step One, call us or email us and we'd be happy to send you information you can take with you to your next appointment.
by Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC