Thursday, January 28, 2010

Heart Disease Increases for All Ages

Heart disease and heart attacks sneak up on you, even when you are in your 20's, 30's and 40's. In fact, the number of younger adults with high-blood pressure (one of the dangers involved) has almost doubled in the past decade.

It's time to get outside and play with the kids, to lower your blood pressure, lose weight and reduce stress.

"The face of heart disease in Canada has changed to include groups that have historically been immune to heart disease," says Beth Abramson, a Toronto cardiologist and spokeswoman for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For example, high blood pressure, or hypertension, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, now affects 2.5 per cent of those in the 20 to 34 age group, 7.1 per cent of men and women aged 23 to 44 and 22.9 per cent of those 45 to 64, according to data released by the foundation in its annual report card.

One in five baby boomers already have at least two of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease - hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity.
(Globe and Mail, Jan. 26)

What can you do to guard against heart disease and stroke at any age?

Be educated and have a plan.
Proper nutrition, know how to exercise and how to handle stress.

On the nutrition side, in addition for healthy low glycemic meals, fortify your cells with optimal supplementation. For instance, I take the Usana Essentials (ranked #1 in North American in the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, by Lyal MacWilliam). The BiOmega fish oil is so important for the heart, as is Coquinone (CoQ10 antioxidant). And of course, Calcium Plus and Vitamin D are also on the list. Seems like a lot of nutrients to take in addition to your meals, but think of each tablet as specific food groups.

The real tragedy, is that heart disease is largely preventable. Stephen Samis, Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Be good to your heart every day!

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