Friday, February 22, 2019

Women's Heart Health #3

I'm continuing a series on women's cardiac fitness as part of February's Heart Health Month. Heart disease is a woman's No. 1 health risk. The good news is that 80% of heart attacks and strokes are preventable.

In Your 40's

As you enter perimenopause, estrogen levels drop so you have less of it's protective effects. You may see your HDL (good) cholesterol go down and your LDL (bad) go up. Exercise is your prescription. It raises your HDL and the more HDL, the more protection you have. Change up your workout plan to keep your heart challenged.

Watch Your Waist

For women, a waist of 35 inches or up has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Keep your waistline trim with high-intensity interval training.

Watch Your Blood Sugar

Your risk for Type 2 diabetes goes up once you hit 45. Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease because it leads to hardening of the arteries. Get your sweet fix from whole fruits to reverse the trend.

Watch Your Stress

Research has shown that uncontrolled anxiety (or depression) can be an underlying cause of heart disease. The mental stress raises cortisol, which enhances the build up of plaque in your arteries. Weave stress relief into your schedule, whether it's listening to music, doing yoga, or meditating.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
Enjoy Your Food 

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