Episode 7: Water
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Drink at least five glasses of water every day to lower your risk for heart disease.Dr. Mark Reeves
Patricia Kelikani, Health Journalist (Co-host): Think about how much water you drink in a typical day?
Dr. Mark Reeves, Surgical Oncologist (Co-host): Would you drink more water if you knew it would reduce your risk of heart disease by half?
Dr. Synnove Knutsen, LLU Professor of Preventive Medicine: About 40 percent of people in this country die of cardiovascular disease, so it is a serious disease that develops over many, many years and the good news is it is preventable.
DR. REEVES: Heart disease is caused when any blockage in your arteries keeps the heart from receiving enough blood.
KELIKANI: The build-up of plaque can result from risk factors like smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
DR. REEVES: This Loma Linda University Health study followed 34,000 Californians over 15 years.
KNUTSEN: “Both men and women who drank five or more glasses of water per day had about half the risk of dying of coronary heart disease.”
KELIKANI: And that’s the simple tip for the day.
DR. REEVES: Drink at least five glasses of water every day to lower your risk for heart disease.
KNUTSEN: “You can spice it up with some lemon or lime or orange slices.”
KELIKANI: Herbal teas without sugar have also shown a similar effect on lowering your risk of heart disease.
DR. REEVES: But remember, drinks like juice and soda are high in sugar and won’t give us the benefit of lowering your risk of heart disease.
KELIKANI: There’s your simple tip for the day on how you can live healthier, longer.
About 40 percent of people in this country die of cardiovascular disease .Dr. Synnove Knutsen