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Special Report: Heart Health

Juliet Gellatley, director of Viva! and nutritional therapist, explores how a vegan diet can help defeat heart disease

If you think heart attacks only affect the elderly, think again, as its victims are becoming ever younger. Shockingly, it is young women who are now putting themselves at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than any other group. Heart disease is almost entirely preventable, yet it’s one of the biggest killers in the UK; women are at greater risk due to lifestyle choices. A detailed study of 70,000 nurses in the US makes uncomfortable reading.

The women in this study were between 27-44 years old when it started. During a 20-year follow-up period, over 450 had heart attacks and an astonishing 32,000 were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease risk factors, including diabetes type 2, high blood pressure and/or high levels of blood cholesterol. The evidence comes as research shows that heart attacks are the UK’s second biggest killer – after dementia – with one in four men and one in six women dying from it.

As always, people love to blame their genes, yet the World Health Organization (who.int) states that 80-90 per cent of heart disease cases are due to our lifestyles – not genetics – and this study supports that. There are a few lifestyles changes you can implement into your daily routine to decrease your risk of obtaining heart diseases. Women who followed these six lifestyle practices almost demolished their risk of a heart attack:

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I’m super excited to introduce you to my first issue of PlantBased magazine! To kick things off, I wanted to combine two of my favourite things: veganism and fitness. Exercise is somewhat like Marmite – you either love it, or hate it – but we’ve rounded up a variety of tips, tricks and activities that will get you excited about lacing up your trainers and venturing into the great outdoors. As a vegan, how many times have you been asked about your protein intake? It’s a common misconception that plant-based diets lack this vital nutrient, but we’ve debunked this myth, by filling this issue with a host of protein-packed recipes, perfect for post or pre-workout meals. Head to page 35 to find the Tofu Skewers with Mexican Rice and Roasted Sweet Potato – they’re my favourite! Here at PB HQ, we love a challenge. So, send us your favourite recipe that you can’t seem to veganise correctly and we’ll give it a plant-based twist. This month, we made a Mushroom Reuben (find it on page 15) which is a classic American sandwich, traditionally made with corned beef. We may be biased, but we think our recipe is 100 times better than the original. We also caught up with YouTube star Rachel Ama, who gave us an insight to why she became vegan and how it’s changed her life. She’s also shared three delicious recipes from her new cookbook Vegan Eats. To see what Rachel had to say, turn to page 50. Enjoy the issue.