February is not only Valentine’s Day month, but it has also been declared Women’s Heart Disease Awareness Month. Since the risk of breast cancer is in the media often, you may be thinking that it is the Number 1 killer for women, but that is not true.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in North America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 631,636 people died from this condition in 2006. About half of them were women.
Whether you choose to wear red on Friday (February 5) to show your support for women and heart disease in this way, there are things you can do to lower your risk of being another statistic. I know it’s not New Year’s Day, but why don’t you make a resolution to start taking better care of your heart, starting right now?
You may not have any say about the genetic factors that affect your risk of heart disease, but you do have choices about what you eat. Start by reading labels so that you are aware of what you are consuming. Most processed foods are full of fat, salt and sugar and all of these ingredients consumed in excess are harmful to your heart. The advice about buying your groceries from the aisles located around the perimeter of the store is true. That’s where you find fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grain products.
Women tend to put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to looking after themselves, and in this case, it is a matter of life and death. If you want to do something for yourself this Valentine’s Day, decide that you love yourself enough to look after your health and reduce your risk of becoming a number when it comes to women and heart disease.