James Martin: Chef’s complete health overhaul to reduce heart attack risk

When James Martin quit Saturday Kitchen, many food fans were shocked and confused. In 10 years, the bubbly presenter had taken the show from early morning pleasantries to a cooking powerhouse watched by over two million people every week. James made the wise decision to put his health first and made some pertinent changes to help reduce his risk of a heart attack after being a witness to a harrowing event.

James said: “Work was fundamental. But I was doing a gig abroad and I was chatting to a gentleman same age as me, similar work ethic.

“He went out on stage literally five minutes after I spoke to him to do an award ceremony and he died before he hit the floor.”

“That was just over a year ago and that was the decision to change.

“I look back at all the work I’d done, I’d done like four days off that year and five days off the year before and I thought something’s got to change.

“And that was partly the reason why I gave up the Saturday morning show.”

The TV chef realised he needed to take a break not only mentally but physically too as the gentleman in question had in fact died from a heart attack.

James admitted at the time that he was a serial workaholic, the sobering episode caused him to “readdress the balance” in his life and take a break from TV to return back to his restaurant.

Last August, James posted a video on his Instagram account telling fans about his most recent weight loss.

A healthy diet, weight loss and less stress are the key factors in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Studies suggest that the high levels of cortisol from long-term stress can increase blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

These are common risk factors for heart disease.

This stress can also cause changes that promote the build-up of plaque deposits in the arteries.

Overeating, particularly on fatty meals, are extremely taxing on the heart.

In addition to contributing to higher cholesterol levels, unusually heavy meals may increase your risk of heart attack, possibly due to changes in blood flow and increases in heart rate and blood pressure after eating.

Symptoms of heart disease include:

Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure and chest discomfort (angina)

Shortness of breath

Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed

Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

If you suspect you may be at risk of heart disease, its imperative to take a leaf out of James’ book by incorporating healthy eating, reducing your stress levels and getting enough exercise.


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