American Heart Month: Why it Matters in 2020

February 7, 2020

February is American Heart Month as well as Insure Your Love, and it’s important to remember that we must take care of ourselves before we can show our clients we care.

Be good to your heart in February for American Heart Month

American Heart Month

American Heart Month is designated by the government to remind Americans to focus on their hearts. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in women (nearly 1 in 5 women will die of the disease), but you can reduce your risk by living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

What are the risk factors of heart disease?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are the key risk factors for heart disease. The scary thing is that about half of Americans have at least one of these risk factors.

Here are a few other risk factors:
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Drinking too much alcohol

reduce Your risk of heart disease

There are many ways to reduce your risk of heart disease and start living a healthy lifestyle. Start incorporating a few of these ideas at a time to be healthy in 2020:

  • Keep track of your blood pressure.  This is something you should always know so you can keep it under control.  High blood pressure has no symptoms, but can be very harmful to your health.
  • If you have a family history of diabetes, make sure you are tested for it.  Talk to your doctor about your risks.  Left untreated, diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Quit smoking.  If you are struggling with quitting, the CDC offers ways to quit.
  • Get your cholesterol checked.  Cholesterol and triglycerides are usually checked during an annual blood test, but you will also want to check with your doctor.  Lowering cholesterol can be done with diet and exercise.  Again, talk with your doctor.
  • Eating healthy doesn’t only help with cholesterol, but it will lower your weight.  Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of heart disease.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit your intake to one drink per day.
  • Learn how to deal with stress.  Getting a good night’s sleep, eating right and exercising daily will also help manage your stress and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Reducing your risk for heart disease will not only keep you healthy, but it will pass along the same love to your clients.

If you are looking for healthy alternatives for breakfast, check out Why you Need to Eat Breakfast, it will give you ideas on how to start your day!

Chris Huston | Content Creator

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