Nuts, when part of a balanced diet, may help decrease your risk for coronary heart disease. Nuts help lower LDL-cholesterol (sometimes called "bad cholesterol"), improve the health of your arteries, and reduce the risk for blood clots. Nuts pack a lot of nutrition into a tiny package, including unsaturated fats, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and vitamin E. Most nuts contain similar health benefits, including walnuts and almonds. While nuts are healthy, the majority of their calories come from fat. Nuts should be eaten in moderation, and more as a replacement for saturated fats and unhealthy snacks.
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What are the symptoms of nephrotic syndrome?
Many people who have nephrotic syndrome do not have any noticeable physical symptoms. When symptoms are present, they can include:
- Swelling in the tissues around the eyes (periorbital edema) or in the feet or ankles (peripheral edema). This is the most common early symptom of nephrotic syndrome in both children and adults.
- Shortness of breath caused by fluid buildup in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
- Adults older than 65 may be misdiagnosed with heart failure.
- Children are often thought to have allergies.
- Dry skin.
- Swelling of the scrotum (scrotal edema), which may cause a cord in the testicles to twist ( testicular torsion ).
- Protein in the urine (proteinuria).
- Low protein (albumin) in the blood.
- High cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Low blood levels of iron and vitamin D.
Signs of nephrotic syndrome in blood and urine tests can include:
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What is the relationship between nutrition and coronary heart disease?
Your diet can play a critical role in reducing your risk of heart disease. One study found that people ages 70 to 90 who ate a heart-friendly diet rich in wholesome carbs and healthy fats (along with increased exercise) had a 65 percent to 73 percent lower rate of death from all chronic disease, including heart disease.
Foods full of unhealthy fats and sugars can cause inflammation and plaque buildup in your arteries, a ripe recipe for a heart attack or stroke. The right diet can help keep your arteries clear and work to cut your risk.
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