You have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and wonder what now? You may even have been told you need to lose some weight. Now you wonder, how? You have tried before but Yoyo is your middle name. Read on and hopefully, you will find out a few things.
Who am I? I’m just a guy who has had AFib for over ten years. I have read up on the medical journals and learned a thing or two. Had to, as my doctor was not a lot of help.
This is some information I found out about atrial fibrillation, diets and weight loss. It is by no means an exhaustive essay on all you need to know on the subject. I wrote this for you, who is at the start, thinking, “Great! Now what the heck do I do?”
Before I get started, always discuss with your doctor, which diet might be right for you. And of course, these diet discussions do not take the place of any recommended medical therapies as prescribed by your doctor. This is the internet and I am not a doctor.
In the next four blog posts, I am going to be writing about the diet studies and tips I have found for people with atrial fibrillation. This may or may not pertain to you, however, you may gain knowledge and questions to discuss with your doctor.
In 2015, the atrial fibrillation Legacy trial was a landmark undertaking that focused on how weight loss can improve a person’s atrial fibrillation. The results were tremendously ground-breaking and helped create the 2019 guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation.
Because of this study, a lot has changed in the past five years regarding the importance of weight loss on managing atrial fibrillation. And it was the data from this trial that has shown such significant improvement.
The LEGACY trial was a five-year study that involved 355 patients, focusing generally on weight loss and exercise. There was no real difference between in terms of other significant medical treatments that they received.
The participants were prescribed a high protein diet with a low glycemic index as well as a low intensity exercise program. The exercise activity was gradually increased over the study period. However, the authors do not write too much about the type of diet that was used, or the types of food consumed, other than it consisted of high protein, low glycemic index foods.
The study found that people who had consistent weight loss had a marked improvement in their atrial fibrillation indicators. Similarly, the group who had lost at least 10% of their initial body weight and were able to maintain it over the study, had a six-fold improvement in their atrial fibrillation symptoms.
In addition, the participants also had improvements in their high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol as well as some other inflammatory markers. Thus, the results have shown that weight loss can be immensely helpful to people who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and may be the best option for a natural, low risk treatment for someone’s atrial fibrillation.
Now the question is, how do you decide the diet plan to follow. There are people all over the world who have atrial fibrillation and are looking for guidance on the type of diet they will benefit from. Which ones are safe for them and which are not? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there.
And that is what I am going to be writing about in these posts. These are the diets and diet tips I believe to have significant lifestyle benefits for people who have atrial fibrillation.