We have now entered the third age of history. In this third age we now have the knowledge to prevent diseases and in some cases we know how to cure them. But with all this scientific knowledge that we have at our fingertips, Heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women in the United States.
Even with this statistic, more people are afraid of getting diseases like Ebola than heart disease. We cannot keep trying to ignore this killer. This should be what keeps you up at night. We are all at risk!
Once doctors believed that the biggest risk factor for heart attacks and strokes was getting old. Conditions like high blood pressure, out-of-balance cholesterol levels, and high levels of blood fats called triglycerides were seen as unfortunate, yet normal, parts of the aging process. But that was then, and this is now. The evidence today is overwhelming: Making healthy lifestyle changes can powerfully reverse those three threats and others that are the underlying causes of heart attacks and strokes.
That’s the happy conclusion of hundreds, even thousands of studies conducted around the world. And it holds true for people of all ages and health levels- whether you have arteries that are in tip-top shape, are taking medications to control somewhat problematic blood pressure or cholesterol levels, or have already had one heart attack or stroke and want to avoid a second.
Making small, healthy changes at any age can dramatically lower your risk for a life-altering blood clot. People who newly adopt a healthy lifestyle experience a prompt benefit of lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality.
But it is all up to you. Only you can take charge of your health and stop from becoming a heart disease statistic.
What causes high blood pressure, out of balance cholesterol levels, and high levels of blood fats? It is all about what you eat. And the American diet is heavy in processed foods and sugars.
If you grew up eating hamburgers, pizza and ice cream and you regularly get your dinner from fast food and take out restaurants, changing your eating to prevent things like heart disease isn’t going to be easy. There is food you shouldn’t be eating at every corner Fast Food restaurant and donut shop. Your taste buds have now been trained to crave the high sugar taste of high fructose corn syrup and the fats and other chemicals that make food stay moist.
You will not only need to retrain your taste buds but your brain as well.
In my blog on Friday we will first tackle the ways we need to combat things like cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The first step to making changes is to know the facts and that is what we will start with first. After we know the facts we can then make plans of how to make the changes in your lifestyle so that you do not become one of the Heart Disease statistics.
Let’s not let Heart disease have the last word. Make your commitment today.
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