Women - It's Time to Pay Attention to Your Heart's Health
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Heart disease is more common among women than you might think, claiming more women's lives each year than the next seven causes of death combined. Among people over 50, women are more likely than men to have total cholesterol levels of 200 or higher, putting women at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.
February is American Heart Month, making now a good time for women, and men too, to learn how the foods you eat can lower your risk of heart disease.
Start by eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans along with lean meat, fish and poultry. Try low-fat or fat-free dairy products which can also supply your calcium needs and use vegetable oils or trans fat-free margarines instead of solid fats like shortening and butter.
And don't forget to add physical activity to your daily routine. Your heart will thank you for it.