Monday, August 18, 2014
Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 138
The article quoted below starts on page 135 and says: "Most women have at least one risk factor for heart disease - including a family history-but don't even realize it."
Did you know that "Getting medical attention within one hour of having a heart attack can reduce the risk of dying by 50 percent."
"Know the signs of a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms is crucial to getting help ASAP and every minute matters."
"Keep in mind that while chest pain is a telltale sign, women are more likely than men to have other symptoms, too. Call 911 immediately if you experience:
---Heavy, Continuous Chest Discomfort that could feel like pressure and/or shortness of breath.
---Unexplained Nausea, vomiting or sweating.
---Sharp Pain in the neck, back or jaw."
"For more help figuring out your heart disease risk, go to
Monday, August 04, 2014
Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 136. This info is part of an article about heart health. We may have genetic risk factors, but we CAN do something!
"Why your genes matter - and what you can do"
"Knowing your family's medical history - and discussing it with your doctor - will help your doctor recommend lifestyle changes as well as what screenings to gt and when. So grab a pen and paper and start interviewing mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone in between. Find out if anyone in your family has or had:
Heart Disease If your dad had a heart attack before age 50, your odds of having one double, and if your mom was younger than 60, your risk goes up by 70 percent. In addition to heart attacks, find out whether anyone in your family has experienced a stroke, heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, an aneurysm, or angina.
High Blood Pressure If one or more first-degree family members (mother, faterh, siblings) have haigh blood pressure before the age of 60, your risk increases twofold, says Ann Bolger, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Because hypertension can damage your heart and bloodvessels over time, your doctor will want to monitor your numbers closely.
Type 2 Diabetes High blood sugar can damage your heart and major blood vessels, so people with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. One parent with diabets raises your own risk, and both parents with the condition is a real doozy, almost doubling your chances. If you have a family history of diabetes, ask your doctor about a hemoglobin A1c test, which measures your average blood glucose levels over a period of up to three months."
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Tidbits from the introduction paragraphs of an article in Betther Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 135.
"When it comes to heart disease, what runs in your family matters - a lot. Studies show that if one of your parents had a heart attack or stroke, your own risk for those conditions can double, and having a brother or sister with the disease ups your chances of having a heart attack, too. But the incredibly empowering news is this: According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes. So while you can't change your genes, you can change your everyday habits. 'It isn't a single gene that contributes to heart disease, but more a combination of nature and nurture,' says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., founder of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 'You can over come a bad family history by making the right choices.' "
'The big four are exercising daily, eating well, managing stress, and not smoking. Combined with staying at a healthy weight, keeping tabs on your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and getting all the right screenings, adopting healthy habits can substantially lower your risk. Sound like a tall order? Know that small changes can absolutely lead to big results, and that overhauling your lifestyle all at once isn't required."
SO, make good choices. Make small changes as you go...and get lasting and big results. We know that, right?
Friday, August 01, 2014
Good Housekeeping Magazine May 2014 page 124....another "find".
"Recently, consumers sued several food manufacturers for labeling a sweetner 'evaporated cane juice', claiming that the healthy sounding ingredient was simply another name for sugar. lawsuits are pending, but that's not the only sweetener with a fancy name on food labels. 'Fruit juice concenetrate,' ingredients ending in '-ose' and nearly all 'syrups' are forms of sugar - with the same dubious nutritional value."
So folks, watch out! Sugar is hidden everywhere!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Good Housekeeping May 2014 Page 122 Love to find and save the good info!!!
"Getting your move on improves both physical and mental fitness. And you don't have to wait until you're eligible for AARP membership to see the brain benefit: A Harvard study of people ages 18 to 45 found that the more time adults spent exercising, the more brain tissue they had in zones involved in memory. 'For most people, the memory-related brain areas start shrinking at a rate of 1% to 2% a year after they turn 50,' says lead author William D.S. Killgore, Ph.D. 'But you may be able to slow - or even prevent - the decline with regular exercise.' Aim for at least 150 active minutes a week (break them up however you'd like), experts say, and keep it up as you get older."
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