Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz of ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley Recommends Improved Diet and Calorie Restriction to Help Prevent Disease and Premature Aging
Did you know there is a common denominator to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and premature aging? According to Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, M.D., F.A.C.C., a board certified cardiologist at ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, increasing evidence suggests inflammation can trigger these serious health issues, and more.
At a recent luncheon presentation before the Retired Teachers’ Center (A.K.A. Center for Active & Retired Community), Dr. Beniaminovitz demonstrated why improved diet and calorie restriction are the most important ways to turn off the enhanced inflammatory state causing these serious health problems. Dr. Beniaminovitz asked her audience, “Did you know that the fountain of youth and the path to a healthier and longer life may be found in your kitchen?”
“Unfortunately, when we overeat and develop a significant amount of midline fat, inflammation increases dramatically,” Dr. Ainat explained. “These midline fat cells secrete many signals that regulate our daily metabolism and influence our daily food struggles, as well as lead to blood clotting, inflammation and rapid cell turnover. This process prevents time for essential cell repair, setting the stage for development of disease processes.”
Dr. Beniaminovitz continued, “A good diet has long been thought to be the key to longevity. There is ample data showing a nutrient dense, calorically restricted diet decreases cardiovascular disease by 30%. A good example is the Mediterranean diet emphasizing plant-based foods, healthy fats like olive oil and nuts, fish and poultry. Interestingly, in times of famine, population life expectancy actually increased. Caloric restriction in animals has also been shown to lead to longer life expectancy as well as decreased rate of dementia.”
Dr. Beniaminovitz concluded her presentation by summarizing the major point that a healthy, well balanced diet is the key to a healthier and longer life!
According to Bilha Berkowitz, Coordinator of the Center for Active and Retired Community, whose members come from Rockland, Orange, and Bergen Counties, as well as New York City, Dr. Beniaminovitz has addressed the members of the Retired Teachers Center for the past 3 years.
“We are so pleased that Dr. Ainat takes the time each year to share with us new research regarding heart disease and the effects of a proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle on cardiovascular health,” commented Ms. Berkowitz. “Our members are retired and active community members who seek programs that offer personal and social growth opportunities.”
About Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, MD, FACC: Dr. Beniaminovitz is a board-certified cardiologist and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. At ColumbiaDoctors she is a full time clinical cardiologist with a particular interest in heart failure and women’s cardiovascular health.
About ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley: With offices in Suffern and Monroe, NY, ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley provides quality cardiovascular and general medical services to residents of the lower Hudson Valley, with a focus on prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment. Its physicians and nurses, who have special expertise in women’s heart health and older adults, are committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care at every step of a patient’s treatment. CDHV physicians are faculty members of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers.
The affiliation with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center brings the vast resources of one of the nation’s top heart care hospitals close to home. ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley was founded in 1979 as Ramapo Cardiologists and later renamed Hudson Heart Associates.
ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley is located at 222 Route 59, Suite 302, Suffern, NY, Phone: 845.368.0100,with offices also at 745 State Route 17M, Suite 203, Monroe, NY, Phone: 845.774.1403. Visit www.ColumbiaDoctorsHudsonValley.com for more information.
Photo Caption: Speaking at a luncheon of the Center for Active and Retired Community in Rockland County, Dr. Ainat Beniaminovitz, MD, FACC, a board certified cardiologist with ColumbiaDoctors of the Hudson Valley, surprises the audience with the message that the Fountain of Youth may be right in their own kitchen.