Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women – but it does not have to be with laughter and other lifestyle changes.
We can reverse the current trend that, according to the American Heart Association, claims the lives of about 2,150 Americans each day.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are both preventable and controllable. It is a hopeful message as we embark on February: American Heart Month.
Here are our Top 8 Tips for heart health:
• Laugh. Reduce stress and enjoy life. Laughter may be the best medicine after all for improving your health – and your heart. (Source)
• Control your blood sugar. Most people know that blood sugar is important for managing diabetes. Research shows high blood sugar may also increase the risk of heart disease because it interferes with the proper working of blood vessels. (Source)
• Exercise: Find an activity that you enjoy and engage in it regularly. The American Heart Association recommends exercising 5 times per week or 150 minutes per week – or 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. For a heart-healthy snack that will improve stamina, try eating any of Extend Nutrition’s 17 flavors about a half-hour before exercise.
• Eat more fruits and vegetables. When we are not eating Extend Nutrition snacks, we are filling up on fruits and vegetables. Like Extend Nutrition snacks, fruits and vegetables contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and are high in fiber – all of which is good for controlling your blood sugar (see tip #2).
• Limit alcohol. The key here is moderation. Some studies say that moderate consumption of alcohol can raise your HDL (good cholesterol levels) while others point out that drinking more alcohol raises your blood pressure and puts you at an increased risk for obesity and stroke. For those who drink alcohol, the American Health Association and American Diabetes Association recommends one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. (Source)
• Stop smoking. Cigarette smoking accounts for almost 20 percent of all deaths from heart disease in the United States. (Source)
• Reduce sodium, read nutrition labels, take prescribed medicines, know your blood pressure and manage your weight. For a full list of heart-healthy ideas as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please see: (Source)
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