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Understanding cardiovascular diseases
Understanding cardiovascular diseases

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4.6 A balanced diet

Our diet is simply what we eat and drink. Diet does not mean that we are trying to lose weight, although sometimes this is necessary. What we eat is very important, particularly in people with diabetes (as you found out in Section 3). Our wellbeing is influenced by whether or not we eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet is one in which all the food groups are eaten in the quantities and proportions required by an individual to maintain health and normal body weight, given their level of activity. A low-fat diet and a good source of antioxidants are often recommended for individuals with cardiovascular diseases. It is advised that all people with cardiovascular diseases should see a dietician to discuss their dietary needs. The recommended balanced diet should be based on the principles of a healthy diet that anyone could eat.