Know Your Risk Factors
One does not simply wake up and have heart disease. It is a compilation of risk factors and how long you have had them that lead to the development of the disease. Even having one risk factor can increase your chances of heart disease and having multiple can magnify the risk. Fortunately, all of the above risk factors are MODIFIABLE!
How Do I Modify My Risks?
Manage Blood Sugar
Avoid sugar, sodas and eating excessive carbohydrates to help decrease spikes in blood sugar.
Eat more whole foods that contain more fiber, fat and protein.
Screen for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Elevated blood sugar can cause damage to blood vessels and body.
Do Not Smoke or Quit Smoking
If you smoke… QUIT.
If you do not smoke, keep up the good work!
Avoid second hand smoke.
Take some time everyday to de-stress, even if it is only for a few minutes.
Find activities that you love to help you de-stress
Meditation and Yoga are two great options.
Manage High Blood Pressure
Know your numbers. Blood Pressure over 120/80mmHg is elevated and can have a negative effect on the body.
Chiropractic adjustments can help decrease blood pressure.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat whole foods.
Reduce the amount of processed foods, decrease your sugar consumption.
Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit.
Consume healthy fats.
People make changes when they are enjoyable. Find an activity that you enjoy and stick to it.
Be physically active every day.
Decrease Your Body Fat and Weight
Fat deposits around the abdomen can increase your risk of heart disease.
Change your Genetic Expression
Grandma may have had heart disease but that does not mean you will have it too.
Your genetic makeup is influenced by proper diet, proper lifestyle and the environment you are exposed to. Turn off the bad genes and turn on the good ones to help minimize your risks.
Prevention is ALWAYS BEST.
The CAUSE of heart disease will be discussed in the next 3 posts...
it may not be what you think it is!
Wishing you Health and Happiness,
Dr. Erin Miller
Accelerate your Life!
If you are looking for more personalized support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Erin Miller at Catalyst Chiropractic, PLLC in Stillwater, MN.