To prevent the development of atheromatous plaque it is necessary to stop smoking, to limit consumption of foods high in cholesterol, and to “burn” body fat reserves through regular physical exercise. This requires breaking old and subconsciously deep-seated habits. The benefits of this new way of life are often reached only after a period of much struggle and frustration. However, once you have passed that difficult turning point, the good habits become established and the well being that you will enjoy should eliminate any thoughts of turning back.
The primary motivation for this change must come from within. It is based on the awareness of the risks incurred if a radical lifestyle change is not made. A surgical procedure can only treat a critical situation; medical therapy will correct, often only partially, a biochemical or organic abnormality. Neither will prevent a progressive deterioration of your body if you do not change your habits.
Other outside help may come into play: psychological support from your close relatives, your physician, organizations, substitute products, etc.
Some information about quitting smoking, changing eating habits and increasing physical activity is presented in the following chapters. However, these chapters provide only a simplified overview, and are thus incomplete. The chapter entitled “Links” provides access to other websites, which are more specialized.
Preventing the development of atheromatous plaque also requires monitoring arterial blood pressure, glycemia (blood sugar level), and the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, as well taking charge of your other possible illnesses. This falls within the competence of your physician and will not be detailed here.
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