At each year’s end, people resolve to improve in certain aspects of their lives and make the new year better than the last. These resolutions range from financial to physical, and everything in between. If you need help with your resolution, allow BIOLIFE4D to recommend one: better heart health. If you take care of your heart, it will take care of you.
Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States, causing one in three female deaths and one in four male deaths. While some are fortunate enough to receive life-saving transplants, most are not. There are over 100,000 Americans on the waiting list for heart transplants, and the supply doesn’t come close to meeting the demand. To avoid becoming one of the dozens who die each day waiting for transplants, it’s best to care for your heart.
One of the most important things you can do for your heart is exercise. People who don’t exercise are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who do. Your heart is a muscle, and needs maintenance to stay healthy. For starters, consider walking for an extra 30 minutes each day. 150 minutes of exercise per week can make a huge difference. Aerobic or cardio exercise, stretching, and strength training provide you with options to stay active.
Watching what you eat can also reduce your chances of contracting heart disease. Salmon, oatmeal, fruit, soy, potatoes, and vegetables are some foods linked with better heart health. In addition to what you eat, also keep in mind how you eat it. How much and how quickly you eat can also help you or hurt you. According to the American Heart Association, fast eaters are 11.6% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which affects 23% of adults and increases risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. People eating at a “normal” pace are about half as likely to develop metabolic syndrome.
It’s never too late to give yourself and your heart a better chance. If you’re not taking similar steps already, make 2018 the year you start focusing on your heart. It and your family will all thank you.