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Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston report that eating a very fatty meal increases a person's risk for a heart attack four fold.

First you set yourself up for a heart attack by being obese, having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, not exercising, eating too much saturated fat and partially hydrogenated fat and not enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts, and being older. Then, when you eat a large meal, fat constricts your arteries and the sugar causes a rise in insulin that keeps arteries constricted, to increase your chances for a heart attack. It may be more healthy to eat several small meals, rather single large ones and don't go to bed immediately after you eat.

Checked 8/31/05

May 21st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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