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Joe Piscatella posted:
You have seconds on the turkey, thirds on the stuffing and are wondering where you'll put the pumpkin pie. Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner. But ever think about what happens when you eat such a high-fat, high-sugar meal? There are at least two reactions that can harm cardiac health.
First, triglycerides (a blood fat like cholesterol) spikes dramatically after such a meal. This is important because triglycerides are so good at penetrating artery walls to form plaque, which can block blood flow or eventually rupture, leading to heart attack and stroke.
Second, even in healthy people, cells that line the blood vessels temporarily function less efficiently after a person eats a high fat meal, making them more susceptible to the formation of plaque. Bottom line: a high-fat meal spikes triglycerides and raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Now here's the good news. Exercising 12 to 16 hours BEFORE the meal appears to reduce the dangerous spike in triglycerides. Even light exercise - such as a 30-minute walk - can help to check post-meal triglycerides.
So, get some exercise in today to help you enjoy a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving.
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