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Cutting Disease Risk and Improving Your Life

Posted 09/12/2013 | By HealthCorps

Dr. David Katz, M.D., MPH. co-founder and director of the Yale Prevention Research Center and board member of HealthCorps, was recently interviewed by the staff at The Bottom Line for a column called, Simple Ways to Cut Your Disease Risk by as much as 80%.

Here are some of the tips he shared;

At least once an hour stand and move about.  Having a robust circulatory system with patent arteries can add two years to your life.

Eat foods with a good dose of fiber, water or air which helps them to be filling.  Popcorn is one of Dr. Katz’s favorite foods since its low in calories (if air popped), high in fiber, and full of air.  Soups and fruits are full of water, sweet potatoes are low glycemic, so they will not cause blood sugar spikes and they digest more slowly, and proteins like beans, nuts and seeds are satiating and low in artery-clogging saturated fats.  Eating these types of foods can reduce calorie load and help you lower your risk of developing obesity.

Emphasize soluble fiber which is found in foods like beans, lentils, berries, vegetables and whole grains like unprocessed oatmeal.  This type of fiber helps to reduce your risk of diabetes.

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