Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death among men, and it affects one in three American adults. Given the prevalence and severity of this disease, it’s important to prioritize caring for your heart. Unfortunately, many factors in your lifestyle may be negatively impacting your heart. Fortunately, there are some very simple steps you can take on a daily basis to improve your heart health. In this blog, we will go over the worst habits for your heart, and what you can do instead.
A sedentary lifestyle dramatically increases your chances of heart disease and stroke. Even if you do exercise, it doesn’t counteract the impact that sitting for hours at a time has on your health. When you remain immobile most of the day, it affects the amount of fats and sugar in your blood. If you sit all day for your job, make a point to stand up and walk around every hour. When you’re home, don’t just sit in front of the TV for hours; make a point to move.
Hold onto hostility and stress
Do you find yourself holding onto resentments often? Do you sit and worry constantly? Are you always stressed out? These emotions can have a horrible effect on your heart. Instead of holding onto emotions, talk it out with someone you trust. You may also find it helpful to find a professional to talk to about your worries.
Not caring for your teeth
There is a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, though the exact connection in unclear. That is why it is crucial to do what you can to prevent gum disease, which impacts blood vessel formation. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss once a day, and regularly visit your dentist to ensure your oral health.
Drinking too much alcohol
Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with high blood pressure and heart failure. Binge drinking also causes weight gain, and obesity increases your risk of heart disease. If you choose to imbibe, limit your intake to no more than two drinks a day.
Obesity dramatically increases your risk of heart disease. To avoid excess weight gain, limit your portions and opt for water over sugary beverages. You may try drinking a glass of water before every meal to avoid overeating, or teaming up with a partner to adopt healthier eating habits.
You know by now that smoking is bad for you, but it poses a particular risk for your heart health. Smoking promotes the development of blood clots, which causes plaque to build up in the arteries. If that isn’t enough to motivate you, secondhand smoke is just as dangerous, so you are also putting your loved ones at risk.
Avoiding the doctor
Many men avoid the doctor, but this is detrimental to your health. By regularly getting men’s physicals from Men’s Vitality Center, we can help you monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol and make suggestions as to how you can improve the health of your heart. When you are ready for a men’s physical, contact our men’s health clinic today.