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The holidays are here and with all of the parties and family gatherings, we tend to overeat. But overindulging can do more than increase your waistline. It can be a major health risk for people with chronic medical conditions.
One of the joys of the holiday season is eating and drinking with family and friends.
Overeating can lead to heart attacks or strokes, especially in people who have heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, a Swedish study shows Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day are peak times for heart attacks.
Sure, there are other factors that contribute to holiday health risks, such as cold weather, snow shoveling, and stress. However, too much food and alcohol can trigger some serious medical problems.
So, if you have coronary heart disease, this meal alone greatly increases your chances of having a heart attack. That’s because your triglyceride levels, or blood fat, rise significantly, causing inflammation.
And, too much alcohol can lead to the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. This can cause a stroke, heart failure or other heart problems.
So, how can YOU control your holiday eating and drinking? Here are my prescriptions:
A couple of other tips – don’t stand or sit by the buffet table. You’ll be less likely to overeat. And, leave the stress behind. You make poor eating choices when you’re stressed out. Here’s to a healthy and safe holiday season!