The Doctor Is In:
5 Tips To Heart Health
It is that time of the year again it is, February. Some people call it the love month but as a doctor this is Heart Health Month. Unfortunately even in 2016 heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 out of 3 deaths each year. They call heart disease the silent killer because many of us have it and don’t even know it. There is good news though….. 80% of heart disease is preventable in women and more women are beating heart disease than ever before. Here are some tips to help to achieve optimum heart health.
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
According to the American Heart Association there are 4 critical health numbers that you should keep within normal ranges:Blood Sugar - Measures how much sugar is in the blood. HbA1c is < 6% in Prediabetes and <7% in Diabetes Blood Pressure - Less than 130/80 mm Hg Blood Cholesterol - A total cholesterol score of less than 180 mg/dL is considered optimal. This includes the "bad" LDL and "good" HDL cholesterol. Body Mass Index (BMI) - A body mass index (BMI) of 18.6-24.9 and a waistline smaller than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.