It is of utmost importance to follow a diet that emphasizes nutrient density, such as the Anti-Inflammation Syndrome Diet Plan, which emphasizes fish, lean meats, and large amounts of fresh vegetables. Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugars, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils set the stage for insulin resistance and overweight, which increase the risk of pre- and full-blown diabetes and heart disease. Such a dietary approach, combined with anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements, also should reduce the severity of phlebitis, varicose veins, and blood pressure.
Finding some means of stress reduction or stress management is important as well. Stress raises levels of cortisol, which in turn boosts insulin levels—contributing to an increased risk of both abdominal obesity and heart disease. Removing yourself from the stress, even temporarily, can have an extraordinary effect. Consider a daily walk (which also lowers glucose and insulin levels), meditation, a hobby, recreational reading, or sightseeing as stress-reducing activities.
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