Heart Health for Type AB
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Statistics show around 600,000 people die of heart disease every year. It is also the number one killer of women. That’s right, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. And while heart disease has been typically considered a male concern, over half a million women have heart attacks each year. Statistics also show that women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men – within one year of a heart attack, 38 percent of women will die compared to 25 percent of men. Of those who survive, 35 percent of women will have a second heart attack compared to 18 percent of men.
Given this information, it makes good sense for men and women alike to take care of their hearts. Eating right for your type, getting appropriate forms of exercise, not smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke, and limiting your intake of alcohol are wise choices. Taking good care of your heart though, requires different approaches, depending on your blood type. Dr. D’Adamo shares his guidelines for keeping your heart in shape and arteries free from blockages for blood type AB.
Blood Type AB
AB’s share the characteristics of both type A’s and type B’s in that tend to have the type A’s relatively high risk of cardiovascular disease and type B’s ability to fight it – provided you limit the amount of animal protein that you consume. Like their A counterparts, they have a high blood viscosity and tendency toward high cholesterol, similar to their type B brothers and sisters, they have difficulty regulating nitric oxide. Overall the best guidelines for blood type AB involve a combination of the best of the A and B worlds.
Blood Type AB – Top Heart Healthy Foods: Soy foods, richly oiled cold water fish, cultured dairy foods (yogurt, kefir), olive oil, walnuts, maitake mushrooms, leafy green vegetables, cherries, gooseberries loganberries, pineapple, garlic, ginger and green tea.
Of course exercise is an essential component of keeping your heart in working order. While the more exercise you can fit into your day the better, even moderate exercise has shown to be effective in reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t beat yourself up because you’re unable to get to the gym for an hour a day; a half hour of brisk walking, a calming yoga class or even some gentle stretching can help. So do what you can, and know that you are helping yourself.
Heart disease is often avoidable. Following a heart-healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t mean you need to live a life of self-deprivation. Instead, find ways to incorporate heart-healthy habits into your lifestyle — and you may well enjoy a healthier life for years to come.