Are you rolling the dice when it comes to heart disease?
Do your habits put you at higher risk or are they protecting your heart?
Nearly half of American Adults are at increased risk of heart disease according to the latest report from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That’s right, half of Americans have at least one of the three top risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
Almost 20% of adults are completely unaware of their risk!
Think about it.
When was the last time you had your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol tested? Most of us only see a doctor when we are sick, but you can’t won’t know your true risk unless you are tested.
Make an appointment and find out which 50% of the population you are in – the high risk or lower risk group. Knowing your risk will help you make changes to beat the odds.
There is good news! Much of what increases your risk can be limited with healthy habits.
What can you do to beat the odds?
- Don’t smoke: Smoking (and secondhand smoke) puts heart disease into fast forward – putting you at risk 10 to 12 years earlier than non-smokers. Beat the odds by breathing free!
- Drink in moderation: A glass of wine might be good for your heart, but studies show men who have 3 or more drinks and women who have 2 or more drinks per day increase their risk of heart disease. Enjoy in moderation!
- Move your bootie: Are you active more than 2 hours per week? If so, you may already be beating the odds in this area! Getting 20 – 30 minutes of activity in every day can cut your risk of heart disease in half. Find ways to fit activity into your day.
- Eat your veggies: Do you have at least 3 veggie servings per day? One big salad should do the trick! Fill your plate with color and enjoy a healthier heart.
Small changes in your daily habits can may a very large difference in your risk of heart disease. Make one small change and beat the odds!
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.