Long-term stress can increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Preventing and managing it can reduce this risk. Welcoming to February 2023, The official month of Love, not only Love between couples, family, and friends but also Love of self by taking care of your heart. Every February, we observe American Heart Month as a reminder of the importance of caring for our hearts. Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death around the world. It is estimated that over 17 million people die yearly from heart disease.
So it is time for your girl Shannon Jackson, The Peoples Nurse, to give you some education to reduce your risk of heart disease or improve your management of preexisting conditions:
1. Eat a balanced diet.
It guards against chronic, non-communicable illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. A healthy diet must include a variety of nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat, protein-rich fish, eggs, nuts, and lean meats.
2. Limit unhealthy foods.
Regular consumption of junk food and fast food high in trans fats, added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease, and several cancers.
3. Get active.
The best thing you can do for your health is to engage in regular physical activity. By strengthening your bones and muscles, lowering your risk of disease, helping you control your weight, and improving your ability to carry out daily tasks, physical activity can help you live a healthier life.
BONUS FACT: Did you know 30 minutes of Physical Activity improves your health?
4. Get enough sleep.
As crucial to health as exercise and diet are sleep. Your emotions, health, and cognitive function all improve with proper rest. Lack of regular, good-quality sleep increases the chance of developing various illnesses and disorders. These include dementia and obesity, as well as heart disease and stroke.
5. Reduce your stress.
Long-term stress can increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Preventing and managing it can reduce this risk.
Here are some ways to manage stress:
- Being aware that you’re relaxed.
- Speaking to your loved ones.
- Doing physical activities.
- Having a good rest.
6. Get an annual physical exam yearly.
You need to know what your body needs to reduce your risk of heart disease and other kinds of illness; that’s why getting a physical check-up every year is a must to get information about your health.
7. Take Medications as Directed.
Failing to take your medication as directed by your doctor or pharmacist could cause your condition to worsen, cause hospitalization, or even result in your death.
Cheers to your health, heart, and mind. Remember to Love Yourself and Take Care of Yourself because guess what? You are worth it!
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