Heart Health Month
Heart Disease is the #1 Killer in the US!
Every minute of every hour of every day, someone dies from a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, 80% of all heart disease in women is preventable with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices! From 1999 to 2009, Heart Disease has increased 9.3% in American adults.¹
The healthy heart movement in recent years has focused largely on heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women. But the same statistic is true for men, and the reality is grim: The first sign that a man has coronary heart disease could be death, says one University of Alabama at Birmingham expert.²
You’re never too young— or too old — to take care of your heart.
Preventing heart disease (and all cardiovascular diseases) means making smart choices now that will pay off the rest of your life. Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other bad habits can take their toll over the years.
No matter what your age, everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and adequate physical activity.
- Choose a healthy eating plan. The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. Choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars and sweeteners. As part of a healthy diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish — at least twice per week), nuts, legumes and seeds. Also try eating some meals without meat. Select fat-free and low-fat dairy products and lean meats and poultry (skinless). Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Be physically active. You can slowly work up to at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (like brisk walking) every week or an hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (such as jogging or running) or a combination of both every week. Additionally, on two or more days a week you need muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest shoulders and arms).
Get Your Health Under Control!
- Control your weight! You can’t be healthy if you are at an unhealthy weight. Being overweight or obese is a huge problem in the US, 2/3 of American adults are overweight. A healthy diet, moderate exercise and a good weight management program can put you on the right track when it comes to getting back to a healthy weight. The best weight management programs are ones that are sustainable and truly have your best interest in mind. A program that has been proven to work by clinical testing is also a plus, also there should be no harmful chemicals, artificial sweeteners or other artificial ingredients, the program should offer help with meal planning, accountability and support, and it should also help you make a lifestyle change that will last well after the program is over.
- Control your blood pressure! High blood pressure can be controlled by diet, exercise, and weight loss. Your weight plays a big roll when it comes to controlling your blood pressure! You can also get some help with your blood pressure by using quality supplements. There are vitamins and supplements that are made with high standards and pure ingredients that can help you get your blood pressure under control, but you need to make sure you get them from a reputable company and they are produced properly to deliver your body what it needs.
- Control your cholesterol! Cholesterol can also be controlled by your diet, exercise and weight loss. If you eat fast food and food high in saturated fats and trans fats, you are probably going to have high LDL (bad) Cholesterol at some point in your life, if you don’t already. High LDL Cholesterol is a huge problem if not corrected. Again, your diet and exercise are a major factor in controlling your LDL Cholesterol. You can also get some help from quality supplements designed to lower your LDL Cholesterol.
Heart Disease can be caused by several different factors, your weight is one of the biggest contributors. If you are overweight, you are at much higher risk to develop heart disease than if you were at a healthy weight. Your risk also increases as you get older, and if you are older AND overweight, you have really increased your risk and you need to take immediate action! Get on a good, quality, proven weight loss program, get up and get active, get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked and get on some high quality heart health supplements.
Please, don’t wait until something happens before you start to get your health under control!
¹Center for Nutrition Research