Embrace Your Heart – Embrace Your Brain
- April 1, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Here’s yet another reason to “know your numbers!” Recently the Center for Disease Control along with also the American Heart Association reported evidence of a strong link between the risk factors for heart disease along with also dementia along with also Alzheimer’s disease.
We all know we should have our blood pressure, cholesterol along with also blood sugar tested. We all should maintain a healthy body weight along with also eat foods low in fat along with also high in fiber. although most of us don’t.
Yet, people in their 40’s along with also 50’s contain the opportunity to impact not only their heart health although also prevent or delay developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Younger people have an even better opportunity. People in their 60’s can significantly delay the onset of symptoms. Even those who are already experiencing cognitive decline can receive some relief along with also even delay more problems by treating heart disease related conditions.
Here are some tips to take charge of your health along with also start creating a brighter future today:
Make an appointment to discuss your risk factors with your doctor. Controlling your blood pressure, cholesterol along with also blood sugar will reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease as well as dementia along with also Alzheimer’s disease.
Move more. Be more active in your daily life. Walk the dog, do chores around the house, turn on an exercise program or video. Being active doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym. Using tools like a pedometer along with also taking 10,000 steps during your day can help to improve your activity level, make you feel better along with also help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol along with also blood sugar in line.
Make not bad choices at meal time. At breakfast include some not bad quality fiber like oatmeal or whole grain bread. At lunch avoid trans-fats in fried along with also prepackaged items along with also choose a plate filled with shade. Having a salad, soup or stir fry can be a much better choice than the burger along with also fries. At dinner limit your serving of meat to the side of a deck of cards along with also fill the rest of your plate (along with also belly) with whole grain rice or pasta, vegetables along with also fruits.
Take a break. One of the leading risk factors for all disease can be stress, along with also the item can be often the most difficult to control. Each day take a moment to sit quietly, breath in along with also out along with also remind yourself of the not bad things in your life. Focusing on the people you love, the things which make you laugh along with also the smiles you share can brighten your day along with also lighten the load.
Avoid smoke. Smoking can be the number one cause of preventable death. If you smoke the best thing you can do for your future can be to quit. Living or working which has a smoker along with also breathing in their smoke doubles your risk of developing heart disease, cancer along with also a host of different ailments.
Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick just one thing to do today for your health. By focusing on the not bad choices you make along with also not beating yourself up when you slip, you will build your own health lifestyle.