4 Ways to Avoid Early Symptoms of Heart Disease
By Freelance Writer Eileen O'Shanassy
The thought of heart disease can leave you wondering if you’re living right. You avoid cigarette smoke and you exercise, but is there more you can do to avoid heart disease? The truth is, you can take several steps to keep your heart and body healthy starting with a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.
Smoking Away Your Health
Cigarette smoke is attributed to several serious illnesses including heart disease. You can avoid heart disease by never picking up a cigarette and avoiding secondhand smoke when possible though. Fortunately, if you do smoke, you greatly reduce your risk of heart disease within a year of quitting, according to Strategies to Prevent Heart Disease
A Healthy Diet
Eating for your health comes with several benefits, like a healthy weight, preventing diabetes, and avoiding heart disease. A heart healthy diet involves avoiding fast food and foods high in saturated fats such as full-fat dairy foods and red meat. Trans fat, like those found in d goods margarine, are not heart-friendly either. In their place, eat fruits, vegetables and plenty of fish.
The Heart in Exercise
Life is busy and time is short, and that leaves people scrambling to get things done. Exercise is often put off because people don’t feel they have the time. Yet, exercising 30 minutes a day will give you the time you need. Exercise works your heart and keeps your weight under control. In the end, you don’t have time to put exercise off until tomorrow.
Sleep to Health
Yawning your way through the day may do more harm than you realize. A lack of sleep leads to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Seven to nine hours of sleep is average for most people, but listen to what your body is telling you. For that matter, watch for signs of heart disease and avoid a heart attack especially in your golden years. If you want to do more, talk to a professional with a masters in Gerontology
to see what else might be missing in your lifestyle.
Heart disease is avoidable if you make the right choices in life. Exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and don’t smoke. Remember, it’s never too late to put an end to bad habits. Choose a healthier lifestyle, a healthier heart and a healthier you instead and live to enjoy your golden years in golden health.
About the Author:
Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.