The vast majority of heart disease is preventable. In the first part of “how to reduce your risk of heart disease” we looked at nutrition and a heart healthy diet.
Today we’re going to look at lifestyle and how we can prevent heart disease.
Thank you so much to Dr Zarrin for coming and chatting to us.
A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart disease. Regular exercise is associated with significantly lower risk of heart disease.
Walking 25 minutes a day can add up to 7 years to your life!
Exercise can also make you happier!
Exercise can lengthen your telomeres and help you live longer.
You need to do enough exercise to get your heart rate up a bit. To get a little bit out of breath.
Is the key to successfully building it into your routine.
HIIT also has benefits but it’s advisable to build up to high intensity exercise.
The acute stress response is great to protect us from danger. We now live in a society where we have chronic stress. This chronic stress isn’t good for our health.
Chronic stress turns on the inflammatory process and contributes to heart disease.
A small amount of meditation has beneficial affects. Any type of meditation is fine.
Meditation can decrease inflammation, decrease your heart rate and your blood pressure.
See also Podcast Episode 3: Meditation for Beginners.
Sleep is linked to all the other lifestyle factors.
When we don’t have enough sleep, our sympathetic nervous system is active. We don’t eat as healthily. We’re at higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
Sleep is a time for metabolic restoration. Your blood pressure and heart rate drop.
The optimum time for sleep is 7-8 hours a night for optimum heart health.
A nap is a great way to supplement your sleep if you aren’t getting enough during the night. They can be beneficial.
Naps are a personal thing. If you feel revitalised and refreshed after a sleep, carry on napping.
If you feel groggy after your nap, try to get more sleep during the night.
People who feel lonely and isolated are more like to die from all causes, including heart disease.
In the UK we now have a Minister of Loneliness!
It’s really important to connect with people, to laugh and have fun with our friends.