As you likely know by now, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women globally. What you may not know, is we’ve seen an even larger increase in cardiovascular deaths in younger individuals over the last decade. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 heart attack survivors is under 40 years old, an age group that is considered “very young.” While several factors could contribute to why we’re seeing more cardiovascular issues among young people, lifestyle is certainly a large reason.
Prevalence of obesity and diabetes. Over 93 million adults in the United States are obese, with more than 100 million living with diabetes or prediabetes. With that, roughly 84 million adults have prediabetes in the United States, while 90% are unaware that they even have it. These staggering statistics could be due to poor lifestyle habits and dietary choices early on. Another reason: the increase of food delivery services. With the popularity and convenience of Seamless, Uber Eats and other services, it could be easier for Americans to ditch the cooking and lose track of exactly what they’re consuming.
Along with poor dietary choices, we’re seeing a significant lack of physical activity. It’s important to ensure you’re getting enough exercise – a little each day could go a long way. Nowadays, there are many desk jobs with little movement. If you’re typically sedentary at your job, try to keep your body moving as much as you can. Sitting all day is not beneficial, especially long-term. To keep yourself moving, try getting up hourly, or grab a standing desk.
Binge drinking and alcohol consumption. It’s no secret that excessive drinking could lead to an increased risk of heart disease. At an early age, it’s very important to be cognizant of your alcohol intake and drink in moderation. With that, it’s crucial to avoid binge drinking and be aware of the implications. According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, young adults who binge drink may have higher risk factors associated with heart disease, compared to those who do not binge drink.
Implementing change. Overall, awareness is essential. It’s important to be aware of heart health and the impact of lifestyle choices, no matter your age. Although it could be difficult, it’s certainly not too late to alter your lifestyle choices. Educate yourself and others – grab a loved one and implement healthy choices together in order to combat this devastating disease. At BIOLIFE4D, our goal is to impact all of humanity and offer a viable solution to heart disease, where there currently isn’t one.
– Team at BIOLIFE4D