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Ways To Avoid A Heart Attack or Stroke

1.  Manage your weight.  Know and maintain the appropriate body weight for your height and age, and keep your body fat at approximately 15 percent of your weight.1

2.  Eat healthy.  Although we all know what to do in this category, in 2005 46 states have an obesity prevalence of over 20%2. Since people are not listening, here is the information again. Eliminate fried, high fat, and high sugar content foods. Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables and add 5 fruit servings per day. Drink 8-10 glasses of pure spring or distilled water per day (tea, ice tea, coffee, soda, juice, and beer are not substitutes for water).

3.  Exercise Regularly.  Incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine. Everyday or at least 5-6 days per week, all year round. A two week break in your routine eliminates all the benefits of your previous hard work. 

4.  Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting less sleep than you need increases your arterial aging and your risk of heart attack. Your body compensates for inadequate sleep by craving sugar, tobacco or other harmful things, and causes you to eat more. Adequate sleep also makes your Real Age up to three years younger.3

5.  See your doctor annually.  Get your annual physical, and whenever you sense that something isn't quite right, see your doctor, and have it checked out. 

1 Greene, Bob. Make the Connection, p.69
2 In 1995, obesity prevalence in each of the 50 states was less than 20 percent. In 2000, 28 states had obesity prevalence rates less than 20 percent.  In 2005, only 4 states had obesity prevalence rates less than 20 percent, while 17 states had prevalence rates equal to or greater than 25 percent, with 3 of those having prevalences equal to or greater than 30 percent (Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia). www.cdc.gov/obesity 
3 Oz, Mehmet, You, The Owners Manual, p.160

 

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