Magnesium Lowers Heart, Diabetes Risks
Mineral Protects Against Metabolic Syndrome
Foods, Not Supplements continued...
"Certainly it is easier to go out and buy a bottle of pills than make the commitment to eating a healthier diet," she says. "But I can tell you from experience that when people make that commitment it really does pay off."
Goldberg is chief of the Women's Cardiac Care center at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
In addition to eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts, she recommends limiting simple carbohydrates, like those found in pasta and other white-flour based foods.
And both Goldberg and He agree that diet is just one factor in reducing heart disease and diabetes risk.
"People should eat healthy foods that are rich in magnesium to reduce their risk," He says. "But exercising regularly, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body weight are also very important."