😁❤️️🏃♀️ Choosing a healthy lifestyle dramatically lowers your risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. It’s a sobering reality that half of Americans have at least one of the leading risk factors for heart disease; high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or are smokers. That’s why continuing healthy habits could be life-altering. Celebrate this “heart health” month and adapt more heart-healthy habits, if you haven’t already.
Here are 4 heart healthy behaviors and 6 heart-healthy factors for optimal heart health❣️
- Strength Training
- Maintaining a reasonable body weight
- Healthy, balanced diet
Heart Healthy Factors:
- Waist circumference that is less than/equal to 35inches for a woman
- Visceral Fat level that is less than/equal to 10
- Cholesterol below 200 mg/dl
- Blood pressure below 120/80
- Fasting blood sugar below 100
- Adequate muscle mass
Do you know your heart-healthy numbers❣️ If you haven’t had your physical this year, make sure when you do, you pay attention to the numbers.
The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends you check your cholesterol every 5 years. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat like substance that your body needs, but too much can build up on the artery walls and lead to heart disease, or if there is too much in the blood, it can lead to a stroke. Cholesterol tests provide numbers for four different lipids: total cholesterol below 200 ml/dl; LDL low-density lipids (bad cholesterol) less than 100mg/dl; HDl high density lipids (good cholesterol) 60mg/dl or higher; and triglycerides, another form of fat in the blood less than 150mg/dl.
Doctors recommend getting your blood pressure checked every two years if it’s normal. If it’s high or borderline, it should be checked regularly, especially if you are on medication. Your blood pressure consists of the systolic over diastolic blood pressure. Systolic is the force of blood being pushed through your arteries that creates pressure on the blood vessels. Diastolic is pressure when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen while the heart rests between beats. Strength training is the most effective treatment for reducing blood pressure and improving it.
Another important part of your yearly physical includes blood tests. Fasting blood sugar tests the amount of glucose in your blood. Elevated levels of glucose are an indication of diabetes. The normal level is less than 100mg/dl, between 115-125 is pre-diabetes, and higher than 126 on two samples is diabetes.
Although alarming, the good news is if your tests results come back high, the numbers are reversible through a healthy lifestyle.
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