Monday, February 2, 2009

Know The Risk Factors - Missions4Mondays

know the risk factors
for heart disease
that you can control

If you smoke, resolve to quit. Smoking cigarettes puts you at much greater risk for having a heart attack, and it’s the single greatest cause of preventable death in the United States. Constant exposure to other people’s tobacco smoke also increases your risk — even if you don’t smoke. If you’re a woman who uses birth control pills and you smoke, your risk is even higher.

The bottom line: If you don’t smoke, don’t start. And if you do smoke, quit!
When you stop smoking — no matter how long or how much you’ve smoked — your risk of heart attack drops.

High Cholesterol
Know your numbers to know your risk. A simple blood test can show if your blood cholesterol level is desirable, borderline-high or high.

High Blood Pressure
Have your blood pressure checked each time you visit your doctor. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because it has no symptoms. After age 55, a much higher percentage of women than men have high blood pressure.

Physical Inactivity
Get up and get moving. Nearly 26 percent of all women are sedentary. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. Regular physical activity helps reduce your risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke.

Obesity isn’t an appearance issue, it’s a health issue. Obesity is a major health problem for all Americans, including children. Among women ages 20 and older, 57.6 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 79.6 percent of non-Hispanic blacks and 73 percent of Mexican Americans are overweight or obese (have a body mass index of 25.0 kg/m2 or higher). If you’re obese or overweight, you have a much higher risk of developing heart disease.

Have your glucose levels checked regularly, especially if diabetes runs in your family. A simple blood test done atthe doctor’s office can show if you’re at risk. Among women age 20 and older, about 5.6 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 13.2 of non-Hispanic blacks and 10.9 of Mexican Americans have physician-diagnosed diabetes. About22 million women are estimated to have pre-diabetes.

To view other Mission 4 Monday posts visit Peggy here


He & Me + 3 said...

So far so good on those, just need to get up and get moving...ugh

Kristi said...

Great information! All of us are wearing red today at school. The students cut out red paper dresses for us to wear on our jackets today too.

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for your faithfulness to health awareness. I am glad I have no risk factors, but glad too to know them and be aware.

Marsha said...

Whew! I'm glad it didn't list the Cuban cigars I like to smoke on the list of risk factors! ;)

Unfortunately, there is a risk factor there - weight! I'm joining WW today.

Love you, sis.

LisaShaw said...

Michele, great information. I'm going to link your message to my Speak on it with LisaS blog.

I stopped smoking in my mid twenties. Best thing I could have done for my body UNTIL two years ago when I also started working out and eating healthier. Took me into my forties to get that right but better than not at all.

Bless you dear.

Sonya Lee Thompson said...

All very sound advice! Thanks for sharing.


Sharon Brumfield said...

Thanks for are right we need to be aware of the dangers.
I have had problems with a few of these...some I will stay away from...others I am working on.

I have enjoyed working out and it is starting to work. I will keep working on this temple.