Everyone Gets A Heart Attack

So we all love Oprah’s philanthropic ways, but ain’t nobody got time for chest pains and a subsequent heart attack. Now, this meme may seem extreme, but if we take a moment to think about what we speak into the atmosphere, many of us feel this way. We say stuff like, “Well, my parents have hypertension, diabetes, heart disease...it’s just what happens when you get older.”  Umm ... NAH Sis! We refuse to accept that future! Yes, heart disease is the number one killer of women and more deadly than all other forms of cancer combined. And yes, of African-American woman ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart disease, but that does NOT have to be you! While heart disease is responsible for one-third of female deaths, it is often preventable.

How to beat the odds?

Owning your beauty also means owning your health. A waist clincher might snatch that waistline, but it will not reel in your risk of heart disease.  First, know your numbers! You gotta know what you’re working with to own your health. High blood pressure, diabetes and obesity increase your risk for heart disease. So, check your blood pressure at a local drug store and take a blood sugar or Hemoglobin A1c (3-month blood sugar) test at your doctor's office.

Healthy eating and active living will give you the slim thick look that you love, while working to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Here are a few quick tips to help keep your body and heart in top shape.

Face the Fats: Start embracing healthy fats and replacing the not so healthy fats. Switching from margarine to olive or avocado oil is a great place to start. Avocado oil is a good source of Vitamin E and an antioxidant that may help decrease fatty plaque build up in your heart.

The salt is REAL: For those you who pull out the salt shaker before even tasting your food, it’s time to get yo life ... literally! The American Heart Association recommends that we consume 1500 mg or less of salt each day. That’s easy to exceed if you’re not paying attention. Check out the American Heart Association’s Change your Salty ways in 21 days Challenge.

INSANITY MAX: 30:  Ok, maybe not that intense but the goal is to get at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week. Queen Bey dance class? Commercial break crunches? Or, 30-minute post-dinner walk? It’s all fair game, just get to werk!


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