If you have been reading this blog for awhile you are most likely aware of my family history and that my father suffered from heart disease from his early twenties, he didn't do much to reverse his condition or mend his heart during his life, he died at 57. My mother spent her lifetime functionally obese until her late 50's then became, for the most part, incapacitated by obesity and diabetes. My whole life I have worked to not fall prey to their legacy and to inspire others to do the same, it is working for me and I hope it works for those that follow what I am doing.
I read an article in Men's Health, one of my favorites reads, regarding the 5 new rules to a healthy heart and I wanted to share with all of you.
- Rule One: Know your Risk: The Framington Heart Model estimates your risk based on and algorithm of your numbers like: blood pressure, cholesterol, age and other figures.
- Rule Two: Train With Intervals (and weights): Running, jump training and interval training is an excellent way to training your heart to be stronger but there is a new rule in town.
- Rule Three: Cut Cholesterol with Fiber: Sources of soluble fiber help reduce your cholesterol using betaglucans, which interfere with the absorption of LDL and helping to keep those numbers down.
- Rule Four: Watch your Stress: Stress releases cortisol into your blood stream and that cortisol was found to be 1/3 higher in a study group of men who recently had heart attacks. Feeling stress is not joke, take steps to dissipate stress before it gets to you.. How, exercise, yoga, meditation.. yes meditation, tell you work mates you are in deep thought on your project, only you need to know you are imagining yourself doing something really relaxing, like lying on a beach of some tropical resort.
- Rule Five: See your doctor and get tested: to see what your risk is for inflammatory heart disease and to see if you need to be put on a drug to reduce your risk. High Cholesterol raises your risk of heart disease by 30%, if you have been working on lowering your numbers naturally and yet that number isn't coming down then a medication might be needed. Testing is important, knowing your numbers is important and taking care of your heart early to prevent future damage is important.
To read the entire article by Men's Health "5 New Rules for a Healthy Heart"