Why deal with it?

Because we now know very well that the most common cardiovascular disease can often be delayed or avoided if we adopt a healthy lifestyle. This is very encouraging given the significant impact of cardiovascular disease on quality of life. Myocardial, like stroke can be fatal. When survives, our life can find completely changed. So, as said a spokesman  of the Foundation for heart disease, “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” What could be added: “It is never too late to act! »

What can I do to prevent them?

Nothing better than to bet on the 4 winning strategies in terms of lifestyle choices at your fingertips that can have a major impact on the health of your heart and your general well-being. Besides they are essential to help prevent, delay or control the three conditions that favor the development of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and triglycerides

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Eating Well: You also gain monitor amounts of fat you consume, which will help more in control of your weight. Many foods are important sources of fat, especially saturated and trans fats, and should not be part of your basic food (meats and fatty meats, sausages, pies, fried foods, chips, pastries, cookies, desserts and sauces cream, fat cheese, for example). By cons, other foods rich in “good” fats should be present in your diet regularly, but in small quantities (nuts or seeds, including flax seeds, olive oil or canola oil, non-hydrogenated margarines, lawyers). Also keep an eye on your intake of sugar and salt.

Move 30 minutes most days: Being active regularly helps keep your heart healthy. Then enjoy all the opportunities that are available to you: walking, climbing stairs, use your bike, play outside with your kids, etc. You can also find an activity that you enjoy practicing, like dancing, swimming, badminton, skiing or snowshoeing, and you’ll indulge at will!

No Smoking: No smoking is the best investment you can make for your health. If you smoke, it’s good to know that heart side, your risk of developing diseases begins to decrease as soon as you stop.

Maintain or reduce weight: Being overweight, especially if it is located in the abdomen (abdominal obesity) increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Better to have a realistic goal when we want to lose weight. For example, lose ten pounds in a year is far preferable to rapid weight loss a few weeks.

Beyond the four winning strategies:
Act now to outsmart diabetes. The risk of a diabetic person to develop cardiovascular disease can be up to four times higher than that of another nondiabetic. It is necessary to measure the level of sugar in the blood (blood sugar) to detect diabetes, a test especially important if your family members have diabetes or if you are overweight. Talk to your doctor.

Monitor blood pressure:
Often, high blood pressure is slyly because you do not feel any symptoms. The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it measured.

Monitor its cholesterol and triglyceride levels:
Cholesterol is an essential fat found in the blood. The problem is when there is too much, which is the case with nearly one in two people in Canada. The “good” cholesterol (called HDL) is good for the heart, while the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is important to measure cholesterol and triglycerides, another type of fat in the blood. Talk to your doctor.