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Cardiovascular disease kills more women every year than any other disease. In fact, heart disease kills more women every year than any other disease. You hear less about it, but heart disease can be a health risk that becomes more and more serious as you age. It is believed that your risk for cardiovascular disease increases with the decline in estrogen levels. The risk for heart disease is worsened in combination with any of the following:

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol (LDL “bad” cholesterol)
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • family history of heart disease
  • obesity
  • poor nutrition
  • diabetes

The good news is there are many things you can do to help prevent heart disease. If you are a smoker, and you haven’t quit yet, do so now. Smoking is directly connected to heart disease. If you exercise every day, with the guidance of your provider, you can promote a healthy body and reduce the risk of heart disease. Maintaining a healthy body weight, especially losing weight if you are obese, is a major step in preventing heart disease. By eating the proper nutrients and getting a balanced diet without saturated and trans-fat, you can do your part to keep your heart healthy. If you have any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure, keep them in check. These conditions will contribute to heart disease.

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