Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Heart disease public enemy No.1

To provide fuel troughout our body,the heart must beat more than 100.000 times and pump almost 8.000 liters of blood per day.Boasting an incredible network,it relies on the arteries to nourish the organs and veins to ensure blood circulation back.the size of an adult heart is comparable to that of the fist.In an individual way,it measures about 13 inches long by 8 inches wide and weighs less than 500 grams.Cholesterol is the real enemy for your arteries.

Your doctor will tell you that heart disease is a leading health threat for men. While genetics may play a part, you can take control over much of what causes heart disease. Take charge of heart health by making healthier lifestyle choices. For example:
Don't smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid exposure to second hand smoke.
Ensure you eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fibre and fish. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium – read food labels carefully.
If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, make sure you comply with your doctor's treatment recommendations.
Include physical activity in your daily routine.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Exercise – a sedentary lifestyle is an unhealthy lifestyle. Just a 30 minute walk a day for at least five days a week can vastly improve your heart health.
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Too much alcohol can raise blood pressure.
If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
Manage stress – get to gym, join a yoga class, learn to meditate, but don't let your stress levels get out of hand.
Make sure you know where you stand heart-wise by knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol count, diabetes risk and body mass index (BMI). Remember, before embarking on any weight loss or exercise programme, you should consult with your doctor. (Mens's clinic international,2009)

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