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Top Lifestyle Changes to Build a Better Heart

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Clinical research shows you can reverse not only Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure but also heart disease through lifestyle changes that can be boiled down to “Eat well, move more, stress less and love more”
  • These four lifestyle components form the basis of Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, which is approved for reimbursement under Medicare’s intensive cardiac rehabilitation program and many insurance companies
  • Diet, exercise, stress reduction and heart-based connections actually alter gene expression involved in the development of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer
  • Ornish’s program, currently available in 18 states, is divided into 18 four-hour sessions, which include supervised exercise, meditation and stress management, a support group and more
  • A team of health care providers — a doctor, nurse or nurse practitioner, meditation/yoga teacher, exercise physiologist, dietitian and psychologist — can become a certified provider of the Ornish program

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