In recognition of Men’s Health Month we have put together a short list of things you can do to lower your chances of heart disease, the leading cause of death in men.
- Quit Smoking – Smoking doubles your risk of heart disease. The CDC provides a free help quit line available by calling 1-800-Quit-Now please visit their website for more info.
- Improve Cholesterol Levels – when there is too much cholesterol in your blood stream your arteries can narrow and blood flow to the heart can be slowed down or blocked. If the flow is fully stopped you will suffer a heart attack. Check your cholesterol levels with your doctor and try eating a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and refined sugars.
- Exercise – People who are active are less likely to die from heart disease. 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise for 3 times a week is enough. Activities such as jogging or playing a sport are the best, if you are unable to do those taking walks is fine.
- Lose Weight – Losing weight is good for your heart. It also helps with high blood pressure and diabetes. You will look and feel better.