Heart Health
12 Steps To Protect Your Heart
Feb 10, 2014 - 12:03:00 AM

( - Every year approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. This suggests that many people with heart disease don't act early enough. Initiating 12 healthy lifestyle strategies could reduce your risk for heart disease by up to 50%. Maybe you can't change everything about the way you live, but if you strive for small changes, over time, the results will add up. You'll feel better, you'll have more energy, and you will be healthier.

1. Eat less saturated fat and trans fat.

2. Eat more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.

3. Eat more omega-3 fat.

4. Eat more nuts and seeds.

5. Eat more whole grains and fiber and less sugar and refined carbohydrates.

6. Eat more veggies and fruits.

7. Think outside the box when it comes to protein.

8. Eat regularly; don't fast then feast.

9. Don't drink. If you do, keep your intake moderate.

10. Exercise

11. Don't smoke

12. Get enough sleep.

Bottom line: A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it comes to reducing your risk for heart disease.

To learn more about protecting your heart, check out one of my latest books, The Fat and Cholesterol Counter, Pocket Books, 2014.


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Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.

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The Diabetes Counter, 5th Ed., 2014

The Fat and Cholesterol Counter, 2014

The Most Complete Food Counter, 3rd ed., 2013

The Calorie Counter, 6th Ed., 2013

The Complete Food Counter, 4th ed., 2012

The Protein Counter, 3rd Ed., 2011

The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter, 3rd Ed., 2010

The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, 2008

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