Posts Tagged "heart disease"

6 ways to protect your heart health

By Michele McGovern
February 1st, 2021 Health & Wellness No Comments

Older adults are smart to focus on heart health year round. But now – in the wake of a pandemic that adversely affected people with heart conditions – it’s more important than ever.

Heart disease is the No. 1 leading cause of death in adults 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s the second leading cause for deaths in adults 45-64, the CDC says.

The good news, most adults are taking steps to improve their overall health in response to the pandemic. And those with chronic conditions are giving it extra attention, the Parad…

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Is Sugar a Danger to Older Adults

By Contributor Post
February 24th, 2020 Health & Wellness 1 Comment

All the talk and images of chocolate and chocolate-covered strawberries and other sweet edibles for Valentine’s Day got me thinking about sugar the past week. Sugar tastes good. Sweet foods make you feel good.  But sugar has acquired a bad reputation in recent times. The warning has gone out from leading health organizations to reduce the consumption of sugar. Sugar is identified as a major contributor of the global public health crisis in obesity and heart disease. Is sugar a danger to older adults then?
Sugar’s fall from grace
What happened! Sugar used to be king o…

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pescatarian diet. grilled salmon with salad

Are all plant-based diets equal? Perhaps, but when it comes to protecting your heart against heart disease, the pescatarian diet may rank as number one.

Pescatarian diet is a plant-based diet that includes fish and other seafood but not the flesh of other animals.  The diet, which is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, is a powerhouse. Combining the plant kingdom with the sea kingdom, the diet is rich in nutrients that can stave off cardiovascular diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in th…

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woman measuring her waistline and holding a salad

Keep this one area in check as you age—your waistline. Forget the scale! People put too much emphasis on the scale. Simplify life and keep your waistline in view. Why? A midsection measuring more than 35 inches puts a woman’s health at risk.  And a man’s midsection measuring more than 40 inches puts his health at risk. These measurements increase the chance of heart disease and diabetes in males and females. However, the battle to keep your waistline in check as you age becomes more challenging if you do not develop healthy habits that manage your hormones and stress…

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