You probably know that smoking, poor diet choices and a sedentary lifestyle are bad for your ticker, but you may be surprised to find that other things – like climate change, your relationship status and even the sports you watch — could increase your heart attack risk.
- About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked; in 2015 that number had dropped to 15 percent and experts would like it to drop to 12 percent by 2020
- Research has found it’s never too late to quit as people between 50 and 74 demonstrate improved health benefits each year after quitting
- When you quit smoking your body repairs the damage done by the toxic chemicals in the cigarettes, reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers each year you remain smoke free
Sitting isn’t dangerous just because it means you’re not exercising. It’s dangerous all by itself.
Prolonged time spent on your bum has significant metabolic consequences. It negatively affects your blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol, resting blood pressure and levels of the “appetite hormone” leptin, all of which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Don’t stick your head in the sand! It’s your life you are gambling with!
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The signs of a heart attack are not always straightforward. There are several early signs that may not even seem related to your heart. Although chest pain is the most common, you may experience other symptoms and women may have a heart attack without feeling pressure in their chest
Everyone has their own personal goals for their health and body composition, and sometimes those include weight loss. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So BuzzFeed Life reached out to Dr. Holly Lofton, director of the Medical Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Medical Center, and registered dietitian Brian St. Pierre, director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition, to ask them about some of the common pitfalls, stumbling blocks, and misconceptions around weight loss. Oh, and how to actually be successful at losing weight and keeping it off.
Plus how to actually do it without hating life.
#6 WORKING OUT TOO HARD.
We all know exercise is good for the heart, but couch potatoes who suddenly jump into vigorous workouts are upping their risk for a heart attack. Doing too much too soon is dangerous, so talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine. And remember, just because you look healthy on the outside doesn’t mean you’re healthy on the inside: Hypertension and other heart-related conditions often have no symptoms. Marathoners aren’t off the hook, either. Extreme athletes may push their bodies too hard, bringing on heart problems that otherwise wouldn’t occur, says Rafii. This doesn’t mean you have to hang up your sneakers. Just talk to your doctor before signing up for your next race.