Decrease Your Risk Factors (Heart Health)
A lot of people believe that heart disease strikes out of the blue, when in reality, people with risk factors â€” cigargette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes â€” are the ones who are affected most often.
We know today, people without risk factors have 72 to 85 percent fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke than people with risk factors. Those at low risk also live about six to 10 years longer than those with risk factors. Unfortunately, researchers estimate that only about 10 percent of Americans are at low risk for heart disease.
Why should you decrease your risk factors?
Those without major heart disease risk factors are unlikely to develop heart disease.
Heart disease accounts for a smaller portion of all deaths among those at low risk than those at high risk.
There are fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke among those at low risk for heart disease.
There are fewer deaths from cancer among those at low risk
There are significantly fewer deaths from any cause among those at low risk â€” by 40 to 58 percent â€” and their life expectancies are about six to 10 years longer.
Those at low risk in midlife have lower-average annual medical care costs in older age than those at high risk
Do your heart a favor and decrease your risk of heart disease. You’ll be adding valuable years to your life!