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    What is arteriosclerosis?

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Arterioscelrosis is the same as atherosclerosis. It is characterised by a build up of fatty plaque (mainly cholesterol) in the arteries, in particular, supply blood to the heart and brain. This build up of plaque can lead to heart disease and/or stroke if not treated seriously.

    A healthy diet thats low in saturated fat (avoidance of fatty cuts of meat, processed meat, full fat dairy etc), high in fibre (such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrains),  and incorporation of regular physcial activity can all help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease or stroke from atherosclerosis.

    For more expert advice seek the guidance of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who can help you to optimise your diet to decrease your risk or treat atherosclerosis with diet. You can find an APD at 

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