Heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans at 696,962 in 2020 with cancer not far behind at 602,350 according to the CDC. Heart disease and stroke were the leading killers in the world in the year 2019 according to the WHO. Looks like preventing and reversing heart disease should be at the top of our list. Fortunately, some medical professionals who have dedicated decades of their life to learning about disease prevention.
Another bit of good news is heart disease is largely preventable. Dr. Ornish has a program that’s been proven to do just that! Welcome to Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. Medical professionals are able to become certified in the program and you can find locations using this search tool.
If heart disease prevention isn’t a big enough task, he is also exploring the mechanisms of aging. Dr. Ornish and his colleagues have conducted clinical research, including how to protect one’s telomeres. In lay terms, telomeres are the “end caps” of your DNA strands. As they unravel, you age. Protecting your telomeres essentially means you may appear younger biologically compared to chronologically. Dr. Ornish explains it briefly here.