Monday, 22 August 2011

Prevent heart disease

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women around
the world. While many people fret about cancer or Alzheimer, hundreds of
thousands of men and women around the world die of heart disease before they get
to the age when Alzheimer becomes a problem. Living in today’s world, one cannot
help but hear stories of high blood pressure, heart attacks and other such
problems related to the cardio-vascular system. However, these stories are so
common that we no longer take them as seriously as we should and end up
suffering from the diseases that we ignored.
Smoking is bad for you; everybody knows that. Actually, smoking is high on the
list of lifestyle choice that you should avoid if you value your health and,
ultimately, your life. Among other bad things, smoking is the leading cause for
high blood pressure and its consequences: strokes, heart attacks, heart failure,
damage to the eyes and kidney failure. If you think that smoking helps ease
stress, then try and avoid things that stress you. We all have to make ends
meet, but deliberately adding a health risk to your problems is not the answer.
Drinking is yet another way of getting yourself in heart troubles. And I don’t
mean the romantic kind of heart troubles, although drinking has done this for
some people. I mean the kind of heart troubles that get you a resting place six
feet under ahead of the time. The excess consumption of alcohol raises blood
pressure and brings the same unpleasant consequences described above. And we’re
not talking liver damage yet. A glass of wine once in a while is not a bad idea.
A couple of glasses of gin or whiskey each day are a really bad idea. Not
And the third thing that you can do for yourself in order to stay healthy and
avoid a while bunch of trips to the hospital is to follow a healthy diet and to
exercise a couple of days every week. A healthy diet does not mean that you have
to give up all the foods that you love, but simply to eat in moderation and to
replace fast food and snacks with fruit and vegetables. There are healthy
alternatives to nearly everything. And exercising doesn’t necessarily mean
pumping iron at the gym. Walking or thirty minutes of aerobic exercises every
other day can make a huge difference later on.
It really doesn’t take that much to lead a healthy life and get rid of bad
lifestyle choices, especially since you’re doing this for your own good. Think
again before lighting another cigarette, drinking another glass of alcohol or
reaching out for a bag of snacks. We are living in a culture that makes instant
gratification very easy, but having to spend years worrying about your blood
pressure later on is simply not worth it.
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