Simple steps can cut deadly risk of heart disease
From The Los Angles Times, the following 7 factors, diet and exercises, can reduce the risk of death from heart disease:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of intense exercise, a week.
- Having a body mass index of less than 25.
- Being a nonsmoker for at least one year.
- Meeting four out of five of the association's key components for a healthy diet. Based on a 2,000-calories-a-day meal plan: 41/2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day; two or more 3.5-ounce servings of fish (preferably oily fish) a day; fewer than 450 calories a week of sugar-sweetened beverages; three or more 1-ounce servings a day of whole grains; and less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.
- Keeping total cholesterol below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood.
- Maintaining blood pressure below 120/80 millimeters of mercury.
- Having a fasting blood sugar level below 100 mg/dL of blood.