Do you care more for your heart at age of 40? Can oats helps against cholestrol?

@besthope44 (12134)
India
September 17, 2011 11:58am CST
I happened to hear about this, when my uncle's friend died at age of 40. Its so sad that he had heart disease. Do you think it advisable to care more about the heart and other parts by having a balanced diet and more care from 40. I see many Ads showing about oats. Is Oat a good friend to heart? How do you care about your heart and health considering the age and changing the food habit and lifestyle? I feel its our duty to care ourselves and the family health, share your valuable thoughts over it!
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@inu1711 (5286)
• Romania
17 Sep 11
That's so bad that most of us don't pay attention to our health until it's late. I've just took my mother to the hospital and she had to remain there as the doctor said she had a stroke. The blood tests showed that her cholesterol is way too high (especially the bad cholesterol) From now on we all must change our way of living and diet is something we definitely must change. We should eat less saturated fats and more fruits and vegetables. I just read that olives, pumpkin seeds, fish and mustard seeds can help lower the cholesterol. I have to read more to make a list with what we should and what we should not eat.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
25 Sep 11
You are right Inu. We start to worry at later ages than preventing it by daily practice. Am sad to hear about your mom, hope she gets fine soon Inu. Even I have started to list down the types of food advisable for good health and against diseases. I feel its high time, everyone practise the balanced food for health at young ages, to prevent it at later ages.
@inu1711 (5286)
• Romania
25 Sep 11
It is never too late to start carrying more about our health. But what to do when a person doesn't want to change the unhealthy eating habits? I had an argue with my father who is 70, trying to convince him that he is not at the age when he can eat whatever craps he used to eat.
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@inu1711 (5286)
• Romania
26 Sep 11
My father quit smoking at the age of 60. So he has the will but he needs an incentive. If I knew what could determine him to start carrying about his health!
• United States
17 Sep 11
Hi besthope! Oh my dear friend it is our duty and responsibility early on to assure we are taking care and maintaining our hearts/bodies. What comes to mind is that early prevention has greater success. Certainly if one had hereditary issues taking care of one selves lessens the probability. If one has not per-hereditary conditions taking care of our health is a way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for longer and lasting good health. I have heard about the oats, that it is a good fiber supplement, and I am one oat eater. lol Though not necessarily because of the fiber but I do enjoy eating oats. Here is a nice article that says: "Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol". It lists ten reasons why oatmeal is a good source: http://www.mrbreakfast.com/article.asp?articleid=27
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
23 Sep 11
Hi HWG!!!, Nice to hear you love oats. You are right, prevention is better than cure irrespective of any age. This is really a wonderful article you have shared HWG! Really a very useful one to clear my doubts on oats. Its so nice to know the benefits of oatsmeal and i believe instant oats is not so beneficial than the rolled oats. Its valuable information HWG!!
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@GardenGerty (144993)
• United States
17 Sep 11
You should always take care of your health, even when you are younger than 40, but it is never too late to start. Yes, eating oatmeal and oat cereals help reduce cholesterol, provided you do not put a lot of bad stuff with them. Oat meal, Cheerios, oat bran muffins and oat bread can be very healthy, and they are tasty as well. Combined with that you need a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. We all need to try to be healthier.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
23 Sep 11
Hi GG, You are right! Health is wealth and if we maintain good health, life will be so confident to face. I was curious to know what and how oats are good for cholesterol and most of the heart diseases. Nice to hear its healthy. True, Balanced diet and exercises is right way to keep fit and healthy!!
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@GardenGerty (144993)
• United States
23 Sep 11
The type of fiber that is in your whole grain oats tends to help carry the cholesterol from your body. As others have pointed out, that may not be enough. Exercise is important as well. I was also told to reduce the amount of animal fats in my diet, for me that meant seriously reducing how much cheese I eat. My husband likes cheese and so we were eating too much.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
Oh GG, I love cheese too and my family, we love to add cheese to all the stuffs that gives a nice taste. But recently me and my hubbby and our parents stopped using it as it has more cholestrol. I have only recently got to know the importance of whole grain oats and its benefits. True that is not enough, regular exercise and maintaining good lifestyle matters a lot.
• Malaysia
18 Sep 11
I have not reached that age yet but I do know that you are more prone to heart diseases and other diseases such as diabetes after the age of 40 or 50. I think it is good to start caring for your heart from young. Because if you were to start later in life, say around the age of 30 or after, it is quite difficult to change your diets or your lifestyle. I too have heard that oats is good for your heart as it helps remove cholesterol from your body. As it is a highly fibrous food, it also helps in digestion. I take oats occasionally. If you find it difficult to eat oats, you can add some fruits to it such as dried strawberries or raisins. I sometimes take it with some chocolate rice.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
True! Its better to take care of health from young ages rather to wait till 40. Most cases its the diet and the lifestyle which is difficult to change later in age. I have recently heard of oats and thinking to try it. THats a good idea, as i heard oats is not easy to take of its tasteless, fruits can help to make it taste to eat and chocolate rice is good choice!!
• Malaysia
9 Oct 11
It goes quite well with the oats, at least in my opinion. Do try it one of these days :)
@neildc (17246)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
19 Sep 11
they said most health problems arise at age 40. but basically, we get from what we take or how we live even before we reach the said age. so it doesn't matter what age, i guess all the time, we should look at our health, of what we eat, of how we live.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
True Neildc, i was wrong. Its more important to take care of health from day one. And balanced diet and regular exercise and good lifestyle can help to lead a healthy and happier life.
• Chennai, India
18 Sep 11
definitely oats is very good for health....my father used to take oats daily for breakfast he usually tells me that if we usually take this we will be healthy even at the age of 60..
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
Nice to hear about your dad. Its true oats is good for health and heart. And most parents consume it for healthy living. Your father is right!
@salonga (27788)
• Philippines
18 Sep 11
I think caring for the heart starts from day one. You don't need to wait till you are 40 before you care about your heart my dear. Some people are into very bad eating habit. They don't really care whether their food is fatty for as long as they are enjoying. I've heard someone saying it is still okay to eat fatty foods because anyway he is still young. This is very wrong because chances are he won't even grow old anymore. He could die without even reaching 40 or 50 because of over consumption of fats that could block his arteries. Oatmeal is healthy and has been discovered that those who eat more oats are less likely to develop heart disease, but lest you think all oats are the same let just remind you that not all oatmeal are healthy. Instant oats are not. Make sure you eat rolled oatmeal rather. rolled oats contain protein,magnesium vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, and manganese. It is also a fibrous food so expect oats to clean your colon. It also contain cancer fighting phytochemicals this is why the American Cancer Society recommends oats. Oats lower the LDL cholesterol in our body without lowering the HDL cholesterol.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
You well worded it Salonga!! We should not wait until 30's or 40's to control the eating habit. A proper balanced diet right from day one, will bring us in practise without the matter of ages. Right, i was wrong that eating should be taken care after 40's, but food is a food at any age and proper intake alone can help to grow healthier. I never tried oats and you are right, instant oats are no good. Rolled oatmeal is really great in fighting against major diseases. Its great to know it fights cancer.Oats is good one for heart and i am planning to buy the rolled oat meal. Thats very useful one Salonga!!
@pkdoo7 (14)
18 Sep 11
regular exercise , less intake of fats and proper consumption of fibers like grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits, row material and oil free and fat free foods are necessary to reduce cholesterol levels,many researches from last two decades has been shown the results that garlic,oats and psyllium(Isapgol) and GuarGum are the most beneficial fibers for reducing cholesterol , specially bad cholesterol OR LDL cholesterol level can be reduced to 25% after eight weeks intake of these fiber enriched materials.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
28 Sep 11
Thats a useful information pkdoo7. I have heard of garlic and oats. Psyllium and guargum is new to me and nice they are good at reducing bad cholestrol. And as you added, regular exercise is important. And balanced diet adds up great support to fight against cholestrol.
@Theresaaiza (10499)
• Australia
18 Sep 11
Oats is a very healthy food but I don't think it's enough to maintain a good heart function. There are many things to remember and do. Some heart ailments are not caused by faulty lifestyle. Some are genetically predisposed, some are inborn or congenital, some are caused by infection, stress, and many others.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
25 Sep 11
Well said Theresaaiza, improper lifestyle and other birth defects can also lead to health disorders. A regular exercise and balance lifestyle and food can take care of all health problems from boosting up,
@bagarad (14364)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Sep 11
Oats are healthy for many reasons, but you can't depend on their lowering your cholestrol. I have eaten them almost every morning and they haven't helped. My cardiologist recommends regular exercise, of course, but has me also taking 1000 mg of Red Yeast Rice morning and night and 1000 mg Omega 3 fish oil morning and night with food. That has helped, even without regular exercise. Eating more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and refined grains like white flour and rice is also important.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
25 Sep 11
New information Bagarad. I though oats alone can help cholestrol. Now its clear, there are other diets which help as from your own experience. True fruits and vegetables and refined grains are best source for a healthy body, added with exercise. Thanks for sharing Bagarad and happy you are doing fine now.
• United States
17 Sep 11
Oats is indeed considered a good carb. But to much of anything can be bad too.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
25 Sep 11
You are right jennigoff33, Oats is good but the limitations and balanced diet will help the body on the whole healthier.
@stephcjh (38702)
• United States
17 Sep 11
Yes. I care alot about my heart health, the older I get. I try to take care of myself and maintain my health as much as possible.
@besthope44 (12134)
• India
25 Sep 11
Its so nice to hear stephcjh. Health is wealth and one who takes proper care right time will stay happy in life. Heart health is very important though. Balanced diet helps it to be healthier.