Here's how lifestyle changes can counteract a family history of heart disease.
Scary heart statistics tell us 1 out of 2 people will die from heart disease and all of us are at risk. Don’t throw your hands up in the air yet and give up on taking care of yourself quite yet.
You might be preventing yourself from ever having heart disease if you:
- Exercise a few times a week.
- See all the colors of the rainbows of vegetables and fruits on your plate for one meal a day.
- Limit your eating red meat quantity down to one or two times a week.
If you had a hard time agreeing to this type of lifestyle, you might have reason to concern yourself with heart disease risk. Doctors say age isn’t even a conversation anymore. They’ve seen as low as 9-years-old suffer from heart disease due to obesity in our culture.
Why Heart Disease is a Problem in the U.S.
Doctors call heart disease “a disease of civilization." This means heart disease risk depends on the culture’s diets and exercise patterns. If we look at the U.S. eating pattern among adults and how little we are known to move, this is why our culture is so prone to heart attacks and heart disease. When other cultures are looked at who eat a plant-strong diet and minimal processed food or meat, their heart disease risk nearly doesn’t exist.
The idea is recommended to make sure we are starting kids out on a proper diet because their nourishment needs should be priority on the day they’re born. Start the healthy eating pattern right away and make sure they engage in plenty of physical activity.
If you could offer a piece of advice about nourishing their kids with the right food to prevent later heart disease trouble, what would you say to new parents? Share your comments @Womensforum or on Facebook!