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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is arteriosclerosis preventable?

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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

    The good news is “yes” it is preventable. Arteriosclerosis is also known as atherosclerosis and its the progressive narrowing of the arteries by a build up of fatty plaque (mainly cholesterol). If not treated early, atherosclerosis can lead to heart disease and stroke.

    Dietary changes that you can make to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis include:

    • Reducing your saturated fat (e.g. fatty cuts of meat, processed meats, cakes, biscuits, cream etc)
    • Increasing the intake of omega 3 fatty acids (e.g. from fish)
    • Eating a high fibre diet (e.g. wholegrains, fruits and vegetables)
    • Including a variety of fruit and vegetables for antioxidants, and
    • Regular physcial activity

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