Woman Killers


As you probably know, or maybe not, breast cancer is not the number one killer of women in the United States of America. It is heart disease. With knowledge comes power, and I’m just going to talk about 5 things that increase ones risk for heart disease, as well as worsen heart disease if one already has it.(This applies to men too, by the way).

Smoking: Yep! The cancer sticks are not just cancer sticks; they are heart-attack-sticks and stroke-sticks as well! You have every reason to stop smoking. Call your local quit line; visit your doctor for nicotine patches, Chantix or Wellbutrin. Develop new habits. If you smoke when you eat, try a different activity after eating to break up the cycle. Wait ten minutes when you feel the urge to smoke. You can try cutting down on the cigarettes, by one cigarette, one day at a time. You might want to enlist the support of family members. Do whatever you need to do to quit!

Obesity: 70% of America is overweight or obese. Unfortunately with the food industry making a killing (literally) by feeding us to death, it is us against the “system”. Eat healthy. Yes, that means more fruits and vegetables, less starchy, sugary foods and less red meat. Exercise. Yes, that means some form of activity that you undertake for 30 minutes or more that makes you pant and sweat! “I once walked around the block looking at the scenery” doesn’t cut it. If you cannot do 30 minutes a day, start where you are. It is better to do 5 minutes a day (and build on that), than 0 minutes never! If you are extremely obese, talk to your doctor about weight loss supplements which are no substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.

Uncontrolled Hypertension: Both obesity and smoking increase your risk for hypertension or high blood pressure. Other risks are family history, salt intake, and alcohol abuse. Check your blood pressure at least once in 6 months. If you have hypertension, visit your doctor regularly to make sure it is under control with medications.

Uncontrolled Diabetes: High levels of sugar in the blood destroy nerves and blood vessels. Once the blood vessels of the heart start to get affected it leads to an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. If you are diabetic your A1C should be below 7% (talk to you doctor about this). You need to exercise because in addition to helping you lose weight, exercise also helps your metabolism to become more efficient.

High cholesterol: High levels of cholesterol cause blood vessels to be clogged up, blocking blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain. Cholesterol can only be detected by a blood test. Ask your doctor about cholesterol monitoring and if you already have this you need to take your medication regularly to keep the cholesterol down.

Well here it is ladies (and gentlemen), 5 major contributors to heart disease. Eat healthy, exercise and make sure you visit you doctor regularly for your health concerns.



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