Second Opinion Magazine
Be Healthy, Be Hearty!
Heart Health and Menopause
Did you know that after menopause, women burn 500 fewer calories daily? Keep your heart healthy by watching what you eat and adding more exercise into your schedule. Keeping these two things in balance will keep the pounds off while strengthening your muscles, lungs and heart.
Green Tea and Heart Disease
Bonus! You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: green tea is your heart’s best friend. Aim to drink one glass a day to help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels while raising HDL, or good cholesterol, levels.
Start brewing daily. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that green tea offers hope to millions of people who are and may suffer from heart disease.
Research began in 1994 on a group of 40,000+ 40 to 79 year olds with no history of stroke or heart disease. For 11 years they followed this group and found that those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day had 31% lower risk of heart disease than those who drank 1 cup or less. Do drink up and mix it up. Hot and Cold teas provide the same benefits and with the options of fruit and sweeteners like honey, you can enjoy a different beverage each time.
Am I at risk for heart disease?
You are at higher risk for heart disease if:
• You are a woman age 55 or older • You are a man age 45 or older • Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55 • Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65 • The good news is that heart disease can be prevented.
Find more information at www.healthfinder.gov
February 4, 2011
Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness on National Wear Red Day.