Planet Heart is a very intriguing book about how and why heart disease has become an epidemic in our society today. It is a book that will make you rethink how and where you live, especially if you are predisposed to heart disease.
Our risk factors for heart disease can be grouped into three triads: who I am, what I do, and where I live.
In the first triad, an individual’s genetic make-up determines his/her predisposition to an abnormal level of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood. The science of genetics has really grown. We can now view an online map of the entire human genetic code. But this is only one aspect of how we can get heart disease–only part of the puzzle. Character and personality also play a part.
The second triad, what I do, also has an impact on heart disease. If one is sedentary and is obese and smokes one’s risk for heart disease is much higher. We need to be active and refrain from smoking and watch our weight, as much as this is possible.
The third triad is the environment, diet, and Urbanism. Environmental factors such as smog and pollution play a huge role in the onset of the disease. Industrial foods also cause metabolic syndrome which is a significant factor in heart disease. Also, the stress and pollution in an urban environment also causes heart disease. WE need green environments to help us to be healthier and to combat heart disease.
Thus, there are links between air and water quality, biodiversity and heart health. What we need is to lessen some of the environmental factors that cause heart disease by building greener urban centers with trees and forests. Also, we should strive to be more active, eat healthier and eliminate stress as much as possible.
What a GREAT eye-opening book written by a cardiologist and professor of medicine in Montreal who really cares about the current epidemic of heart disease that we all struggle with.
Thank you Dr. Reeves for such a wonderfully informative book!
Rating: 5+ Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth