PAKISTANIS have one of the highest risks of coronary heart disease (CHD) in the world, where 30 to 40 per cent deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD). A medical study states that 12 Pakistanis die every hour because of heart attack while 33 per cent of the population aged above 45 has hypertension.
Heart Attack Causes
The main cause of cardiac disease is copious oil consumption and a sedentary life style, with very few citizens indulging in regular physical activities. The research states 66 per cent of all heart disease cases in Pakistan are due to fats. In fact, Pakistan is among the top three countries with the highest oil consumption.
In Europe one individual consumes an average of three to four kilos of oil per year whereas in Pakistan the consumption is three times more. Every year Pakistan spends $2.4 billion on oil import.
In the past 50 years cholesterol (animal fat) was considered the only constituent of the blockage. It is only in the last or so decade that triglycerides (plant fat) has been found to be equally responsible for creating blockage.
What Happens Before a Heart Attack?
Triglyceride is the chemical name for cooking oil. The people were misled by slick marketing promoting their product with captions like ‘cholesterol-free’ or ‘zero cholesterol.’ To lower the risk of heart diseases the solution is to change our lifestyle and start eating zero oil food.