Dr. Gary Gabelman, cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Try to follow the Mediterranean diet.
I am a pescatarian — I eat fish, vegetables, and no meat and for the most part follow the Mediterranean diet. It has all the basics of healthy eating and whole and natural foods — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine. Research shows that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, and it’s been associated with lowering the “bad” cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries. It’s a healthy way to diet and not hard to follow or maintain.
Find an exercise you enjoy.
I try to do some aerobic activity at least four times a week. For me, it is the Peloton bike or treadmill. You can join a gym and go with a partner or friend. If it’s cold out, or you don’t like gyms, you can go to the mall and walk. When parking at a store, park far away and walk more.
Multiple studies over the years have shown the benefit of physical activity in improving cardiovascular health — it helps you burn calories, thus controlling your weight; it decreases your blood pressure; it lowers your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises your good cholesterol (HDL); and it also improves your blood sugars, helping to prevent or control diabetes.
Make a commitment to yourself and your health: Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and get up and move.