Harvard Men's Health Watch

Food for thought: The polymeal

Cardiovascular disease is common in the industrial world, and as globalization spreads the Western lifestyle, the epidemic of heart disease is following in its wake. In the United States alone, heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death, taking about 800,000 lives annually. It doesn't have to be that way.

Scientists have made enormous progress in understanding the causes of atherosclerosis, and they know how to prevent it. But if the theory of prevention is sound, the practice lags behind.

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