Not Finishing School Can Put You At Risk For Heart Disease

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So what’s going on here? What is the reason for this difference?

There are probably many factors at work. It could be because those who don’t complete higher levels of education unfortunately aren’t provided with access to information to make better nutritional and lifestyle choices. Every person’s situation is unique, but the variety of sociological and economic reasons behind this can be countered to some degree by free access to information over the internet.

 

Tips for reducing risk of heart disease

Regardless of what a person’s educational background is, everyone’s body is physiologically the same, and the same rules apply for staying healthy and reducing one’s risk of developing heart disease.

The first and most important factor is affecting someone’s risk of heart disease is their diet. Eating a good, heart-healthy diet is the number 1 thing you can do to defend against the risk of heart disease. Reduce your intake of foods with lots of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, by contrast, is very good for your health, along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which the typical Western diet is insufficient in. Foods that meet these criteria include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, avocados, eggs, and grass-fed beef. HDL cholesterol, far from being a contributor to heart disease, actually helps to lower your blood pressure, and reduces your risk of all forms of heart disease.

The other pillar of heart disease prevention is making sure that you are getting plenty of physical activity. The sedentary lifestyle millions of modern people lead is very unhealthy and unnatural. We are simply not meant to be taking in calories, never moving (and thus never burning those calories) and just staring at screens all day. Try to get 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. Even just a simple walk through your neighborhood goes a long way.

 

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What is great about the tips here is that they are available to anyone, regardless of their education level. No matter how much schooling you have, better heart health is within reach, if you arm yourself with the right knowledge and act upon it.

References:

www.heart.org

www.ahrq.gov

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