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:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol (LDL “bad” cholesterol)
- family history of heart disease
- poor nutrition
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.
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
pressure, keep them in check. These conditions will contribute
to heart disease.
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