7 Steps To A Healthier Life
There are 145 million overweight or obese Americans over age 20. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease, so it is important to lose weight and keep it off. Come up with a fitness and nutrition plan to lose weight that balances calories consumed with energy burned by physical activity.
Reduce Blood Sugar
Most foods we eat turn into glucose to be used for energy. The pancreas makes insulin, a hormone which helps glucose get into our cells and use this energy. If your body becomes immune to insulin, you can be diagnosed with diabetes. The insulin immunity will cause your blood sugar to rise dangerously, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. You can manage your blood sugar levels and avoid pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy diet, managing your weight and exercising regularly.
According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the primary preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking increases the risk for coronary heart disease, blood clots, high bad cholesterol levels, and heart disease. It's a bad habit, so find a quit-smoking program that works for you.
Exercising as little as 30 minutes a day can help you reduce your risk of heart disease. Regular physical activity can lower blood pressure, increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels, control blood sugar, manage body weight, and reduce stress. Physical activity includes anything that makes you move and burn calories.