Heart disease prevention and a healthy heart is discussed by Dallas Health Helpers.

Heart disease prevention and a healthy heart is discussed by Dallas Health Helpers.what is strokeHeart disease is the number one killer in the United States. But 80% of heart disease is preventable.  The power to have a healthy heart is in your hands.

Is being high a risk to heat disease?  High cholesterol, high blood pressure and high weight are definitely conditions that contribute to poor heart health and a shortened lifespan.  So let’s look at these unfavorable situations that can lead to an early death.

High cholesterol:  leads to twice the risk of heart attack and heart disease or stroke. Cholesterol is a waxy substance in all our cells and in our blood.  Hardening of the arteries occurs when plaque, made up of cholesterol, calcium and fat builds up in arteries surrounding the heart, leading to heart attack, heart failure or stroke.  You are borderline high in total cholesterol if your count is above 200.  you are considered high in total cholesterol if you are above 230.

Here are some statistics:

• One third of all adults have high cholesterol and half of them do nothing to control it.
•  An estimated 71 million adults have high cholesterol.
•  An estimated 935,000 heart attacks occur every year.
•  An estimated 795,000 strokes occur each year.
•  Men still outnumber women in heart attacks, but not by much. More women than man have strokes. 

What can you do to lower cholesterol?

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There is much that you can do to help control cholesterol.

  1. Lifestyle: Start by having your total cholesterol checked regularly. Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Avoid packaged, fried, and fast food. Lose weight if you are not your ideal weight. Exercise and avoid smoking.
  2. Sterols: Plant sterols and stanols (2,000 mg/day) have been shown in multiple studies to help lower total cholesterol levels, coupled with the lifestyle changes above.  They appear to work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the diet.
  3. Fiber: Multiple studies have shown the benefit of fiber on lowering cholesterol levels in high-risk subjects.
  4. Soy: Soy supplementation has been shown to help lower cholesterol. Soy contains isoflavones, which are believed to be soy’s main cholesterol-lowering ingredients.

Contact Dallas Health Helpers at “Tim At Dallas Health Helpers dot com” for more information and support.

Shaklee Distributor In Dallas talks about the aging process and what can be done to slow it down.

Shaklee Distributor In Dallas talks about the aging process and what can be done to slow it down.

We all want to live a nice long life with vitality and flexibility a part of the aging process.  With the explosion of health technology, we Americans are living longer than before.  In 1950 there were 14 million people aged 80 and above.  That number rose to 102 million in 2009.  And as time goes by, the number of individuals who live to be 100 years old or more continues to increase.  People in this age group are increasingly more engaged, alert fully active members of society.

How does one get to be 80 or more years of age with relatively few disabilities?  What does science tell us that we can do to live longer, healthier lives?

Lifestyle choices play a big part in our longevity.  Experts suggest that only 30% of our lifespan is determined by genetic makeup and 70% is determined by good lifestyle choices.   The major determinants here are one’s activity levels, whether or not he smokes, his alcohol consumption, and whether he is at a healthy weight or not.
Most Americans die from complications associated with  chronic diseases, not an infectious disease or acute illness, which was so years ago.  The CDC reports that 50% of older adults suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.  These put one at risk for coronary heart disease.  These risks can be greatly reduced by simply making modest lifestyle changes.

The goal is to live longer with a high quality of life of good energy and good health. The earlier one adopts healthier lifestyle behaviors the better.  One of the big factors that contributes to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease is being overweight and more so, being obese.
Keeping physically active, getting plenty of rest and eating right are key components of living a longer, healthier life.  Getting one’s weight in a desirable range with a body mass index of 25 or less is of utmost importance.
With a plethora of diets on the market, it is difficult to find the right one.  On a “typical” diet, when 12 pounds are lost, 5 of those pounds are muscle mass. This is not a desirable aspect because muscle burns calories simply by being muscle.  So loosing weight from muscle mass is counter productive.
One weight management plan that has been proven to maintain 100% of muscle mass while loosing weight from fat is the Cinch program.  If you’d like to know more about Cinch post a comment on this article.
Keep your muscle and loose the fat in order to maintain a good healthy lifestyle now and for your future.
Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee Distributor in Dallas is about being healthy without drugs or synthetics. Call 214.871.9596 or email us to learn more about vitality and health.