risk for blood clots. Smoking also increases the risk of high blood
pressure, stroke and heart disease.
-- The good news is that once you quit, the risk of heart disease
automatically drops. Eventually the risk is the same as if you'd never
smoked. The risk of stroke reaches this level after approximately five
years of breaking the habit.
High Risk Requires Action
-- Diabetics have a higher risk of heart disease, so it's especially
important to control the high blood sugar levels that can damage blood
vessels and lead to stroke and heart attack. If you suffer from
diabetes, take extra care to control your weight and adopt a healthy
lifestyle that includes nutrient-rich foods and plenty of exercise. A
test for diagnostic diabetes every three years will help monitor
-- The leading cause of the most common form of diabetes is excess weight.
Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight. Sustaining a
healthy weight is vital to your heart's health because with the extra
pounds also comes an increased risk of heart failure, high cholesterol,
high blood pressure and stroke. Luckily, shedding even seven pounds
can lower cholesterol levels. To sustain a healthy weight, it's
imperative to pair a well-balanced diet with regular physical activity.
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day.
A healthy body requires a healthy heart. To keep this vital organ functioning properly you must avoid harmful habits such as smoking, and adopt a nutritious diet and exercise regimen. Your heart and overall health depend on it.
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