Heart disease is the number 1 killer in America

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Having said that, did you know that most heart disease is preventable? Small changes can make a big difference such as eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking water and taking part in relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, chi kung and meditation. The best thing you can do to help yourself is to make an appointment with your doctor for a check up. Ask for results of blood tests so you can be informed. Keep a file with all your health numbers such as total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterols, blood sugar and blood pressure and weight. Take your waist measurement. Women should have a waist measurement of less than 35″ and men less than 40″ to prevent heart disease. Also ask your doctor to check your blood sugar numbers.

This is a measure of how much sugar (glucose) is in your blood. High blood sugar can signal diabetes which increases your risk of heart disease according to Tracy Stevens, MD, a New York Cardiologist and spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

What’s normal?

Levels below 100 are healthy (80-90 preferred)

Levels between 100-126 are considered pre-diabetes and need to be lowered;

Levels 126 mg or higher typically results in a diabetes diagnosis.

The bottom line is for you to take control of your health by knowing what your health numbers are. More than 80% of heart disease and type 2 diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes. That means-you have the power to be healthy! 

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