Here are seven ways all women can maintain their wellbeing for a long, healthy life:
- Get regular check-ups. Ask your doctor how often you should be seen for a routine checkup and make sure you to address any health concerns or questions you may have.
- Break a sweat. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day can lower your risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, depression, breast cancer and colon cancer.
- Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Knowing these numbers will give you a baseline and important information about your heart health.
- Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium.Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits and aim for low sodium options.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese also raises your chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke and some kinds of cancer.
- Stay connected. You can protect yourself from isolation and depression by interacting with others. Depression, anxiety, and anger have all been shown to increase your chances of developing heart disease.
- No smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.