You can learn this quickly:
“In a randomized controlled trial of primary prevention, no cardiologist would want to be compared against a good physical trainer or nutritionist. We would get trounced.” —Dr. John Mandrola (quote from Medscape.com Heartwire news article titled PARADIGM-HF: Some Say, ‘A New Day in Heart Failure’ Published January 12, 2015)
Primary prevention refers to steps you take to PREVENT diseases. In this case, heart disease. What I learn from Dr. Mandrola’s quote is that if cardiologists went up against those who teach people how to exercise and eat right, the cardiologists would lose as far as preventing heart disease is concerned.
That is because people who go to trainers and nutritionists learn and follow through with diet and exercise choices that end up drastically preventing occurrences of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, even if they have risk factors. People going to cardiologists—and most other physicians—are looking for them to FIX their problems as they occur rather than PREVENTING them from happening in the first place.
It is true that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. Try a little bit every day to make single or multiple choices toward better food options, less quantity and moving more. I try according to my own personal abilities each and every day I am given now. I can’t do anything about the days and years that have passed or exactly what I may do tomorrow. I can do something about today. So far that has helped me lose over 110 pounds.
Before the weight loss my blood pressure was climbing and my cholesterol was at the point my doctor was discussing with me the possible need to take a statin to lower it. I went back to lacto-ovo vegetarianism before the weight loss and my cholesterol dropped. I credit the weight loss with helping me with so many other problems. It appears that exercise is improving my HDL and LDL cholesterol numbers, and it is helping with further weight loss. It is working for me.
As always, talk to your doctor before making any medical choices of any kind. Medical Disclaimer.