Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of death in the UK. Many causes of heart disease can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Heart disease can be caused by issues such as obesity, diabetes, lack of exercise and high cholesterol- as with many illnesses heart disease can also be caused by smoking. It is really important to have a strong knowledge of heart disease awareness, so we have made a list of simple ways that you can help to prevent heart disease.
Be aware of fats
While there are some fats which are good for us- particularly oily fats that come from foods such as fish, avocados and olive oil there are lots of different foods that contain saturated fats- the ones that cause high cholesterol will drastically increase the chances of heart disease. Foods that contain such fats include:
- Fatty cuts of meat
- Butter, cream and lard
- Hard cheese- such as cheddar or parmesan
- Cakes and biscuits
While you shouldn’t feel that you can never have the above foods again, the important thing to remember is eat in moderation and ensure they are complimented by healthy foods too.
Be Aware of Your Alcohol Consumption
We all know that alcohol can cause a lot of harm, to our livers, skin and motor skills. However, excessive alcohol consumption can also cause heart disease. One of the main ways heart disease can be caused by alcohol is binge drinking. Sticking to the weekly recommended intake (14 units a week for both men and women) is fine, but if there are days where you can avoid drinking, then definitely do it! There are lots of delicious alternatives to alcohol, with the internet full of mocktail recipes.
Try to Combat Stress
We all suffer from stress, but hopefully this is only something that occurs very occasionally. If you feel that you are stressed a lot of the time and it is starting to affect your health- not sleeping, depending on smoking, alcohol or overeating, then you may be increasing your chances of getting heart disease. Improve your lifestyle by taking up exercise, eating healthier food or adopting relaxation techniques such as yoga. If you feel that your stress is becoming harder and harder to deal with, then talking to a professional councilor may help you.
We hope that these tips will help you become more aware of your risk of heart disease, and will reduce that risk!
The information in these pages is intended as general advice only. If you or your family members require medical advice or have any medical concerns, please contact your GP.