Something Dear To Our Hearts: It’s Heart Health Month!

February Is Heat Health Month - 300x125Everyone has a heart, but not everyone’s heart works as well as others and that’s the reason February is Heart Health Month!

Here’s The Three T’s To Help Make Awareness About This Month!

 

1. Talk About It!Talk About It Talking about something like Heart Health can affect others’ lives in many ways!

 

 

 

 

2. Think About It!Think About It Sit and think, research, learn, know!

 

 

 

EatHealthy3. Think Before You Bite! Simple, but if your diet is fast food, restaurants and drive-thrus, then it may be a bit harder!

When you’re eating something unhealthy or Fast Food, don’t think Oolala! Can’t wait to dive in!

And, when it’s something healthy, don’t think Why can’t I have a McDonald Double Whopper!?, even if you can’t help it. Also, that thought can be stopped by making Yummy, Delicious, Homemade, Healthy food. We’ve been doing this and never wanted to go out and eat instead.

You can find some awesome, healthy recipes by going HERE. So, keep checking back!

 

Something Bad May Be GrowingBelow is a list of possible processors of different Heart Diseases, including Heart Attack. You may think that this may not affect you as you may not be overweight, you don’t smoke and/or you exercise often. If you have any of the following, you’ll always be at risk.

But, smoking and being over weight are definitely the most significant of all the risk factors! Also, did you know:

https://twitter.com/DrSteinbaum/status/298981914243645442

It’s makes sense, even though it can be a shocker.

Anyways here’s some horrible habits that can raise your risk level:

* Smoking * Inactivity or not enough exercise * Poor diet, especially one high in saturated fat and low on fresh, whole foods * Overweight * Diabetes * Ethnicity (According to experts, African American and Hispanic women are at particular risk for heart disease) * High blood pressure * High cholesterol

Here’s some more from my mom’s article Women’s Heart Health – What You Need to Know: Heart Health Month at MOMentumNation:

Low Vitamin D

The more this vitamin gets researched, the more important it seems. Studies have shown that women over 30 with low levels of vitamin D were 25% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Getting plenty of safe sun exposure through smart sunbathing boosts vitamin D levels, as does taking oral supplements.

This is particularly important for Muslim women to take note, because of lack direct sun exposure since we dress modestly and cover most, if not all, our bodies with hijab. Research has shown that Muslims have low Vitamin D.

Time to Get Tested

Listed below are some specific tests that will provide important information about your risk of heart attack.

* Lipoprotein levels – Getting tested for your lipoprotein levels means you’re getting tested for cholesterol (both the “good” and “bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides. The levels of these substances in your blood affect your risk for heart disease.

* Blood pressure – Getting your blood pressure taken can show you not only if you have hypertension, but also if you are at risk for developing it. Sources recommend getting your blood pressure checked at least every other year. Hey, with free tests at local pharmacies or grocery stores, when waiting for your next prescription, sit down and check…it’s a fun thing my girls always enjoy doing.

* BMI (Body Mass Index) – A BMI test helps determine your weight in relation to your height, as well as waist measurement. Tummy fat can raise your risk of heart disease, as can an imbalanced fat-to-height ratio. If you have a Wii Fit balance board, the Wii Fit Plus game shares your BMI. We do this often.

You can also check out our page Calculate Your BMI & BMR Right Now! Go ahead, measure yourself. And, note, that these are just averages taken.