Thursday, February 9, 2017

7 Simple Tips to a Healthy Heart

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7 Simple Tips to a Healthy Heart

There are seven simple ways to help control your risk for heart disease. Manage your heart risk by understanding “Life’s Simple 7.”

Get Active
Start by learning the basics. Also, children need 60 minutes a day of physical activity, so find ways to workout with your kids to help ensure heart health in addition to your own.
Control Cholesterol  

Eat better  
Want more ways to eat better? Try these tips:
  • Track what you eat in an electronic or food diary
  • Eat vegetables and fruits
  • Eat fish twice a week
  • Cut back on added sugars and saturated fats
  • Eat unrefined fiber-rich whole-grain foods
  • Reduce sodium

Manage blood pressure
To manage blood pressure, you should:
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Get regular physical activity and maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage stress, limit alcohol and avoid tobacco

Lose weight
Calculate your body mass index to help you determine if you need to lose weight

Reduce blood sugar
The following tips can help reduce blood sugar:

  • Reduce consumption of simple sugars
  • Take medications or insulin if it is prescribed to you
  • Get regular exercise

Stop smoking
Cigarettes smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Whatever it takes for you to stop smoking, it is worth it!

Mary Lehet

Reference:
Life's Simple 7 | Go Red For Women®. (2014). Retrieved April 18, 2016