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doctor drawing heartFebruary isn’t all candy hearts and valentines; it’s also National Heart Disease Awareness Month. Heart disease afflicts millions of Americans and is among the top causes of death in the country. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to decrease your own risk. Improve your heart health with the following tips.
  • Exercise: Big workout routines at the gym may seem daunting. But remember, a little bit of exercise is better than none. Something as simple as walking your dog around the block every day can help you make strides toward better heart health.

  • Keep extra weight off: Obesity is a huge risk factor for heart disease. If your BMI index is over 25, it’s time to start getting into better shape. Consult your doctor and perhaps a personal trainer to come up with a manageable and safe weight loss plan.

  • Eat right: Processed and fast foods are void of proper nutrition and only work against your body. Instead, eat more whole grains, fruits and veggies. Fresh, nutrient-packed foods won’t clog your arteries and put you at risk for heart disease like greasy burgers and fries.

  • Control your cholesterol: Too much cholesterol can stick to the walls of your arteries, clogging them and increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Visit your doctor regularly to check your cholesterol and ask your doctor what you can do to lower it if needed.

  • Keep tabs on your blood pressure: An optimal blood pressure level is under 120/80. Any higher and your risk for heart disease is increased. Blood pressure can easily be checked at home with a cuff if you need to keep close tabs on the numbers.

  • Reduce your blood sugar: High blood sugar is linked with Diabetes, which in turn is linked to heart disease. Have your doctor check your blood sugar regularly, which should be under 100 mg/dL.

  • Quit smoking: Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, which is only compounded if you have other risk factors as well. Quitting the habit is good for not only your heart health, but your overall health and wellbeing.
Stay in peak condition with the right coverage. Call First Insurance Group at (800) 511-2892 for more information on Frankfort health insurance.
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