More People Are Killed From This Disease Than From All Forms Of Cancer Combined!

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women and men? That means that more people are killed from this disease than from all forms of cancer combined.

With a staggering figure like that, it’s no wonder that the American Heart Association has dubbed February as American Heart Month. It is their goal to spread awareness and the hope that with lifestyle changes and early screening, you and your loved ones don’t have to be part of this statistic.

Metabolic Disorders and Heart Health

While there can be several factors that put one at risk for heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), the top three contributors include:

1. Diabetes

For individuals with diabetes, even with their glucose under control, their health is greatly impacted. In fact, those with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from CVD than those without it.

The main reason for this is because they typically may have additional contributing factors including: high cholesterol and triglycerides, little to no physical activity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and/or glucose levels that are poorly controlled.

2. Obesity

Another major risk factor for CVD is obesity. As your weight rises, that typically means your cholesterol and triglyceride levels are rising and your good cholesterol, or HDL, is falling.

With obesity, the body must also work harder for adequate circulation and to supply oxygen throughout, resulting in high blood pressure. Obese individuals are also at greater risk for diabetes.

3. Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is typically a combination of conditions that can not only increase the risk of CVD, but stroke and diabetes as well. These conditions consist of high blood sugar, increased body fat around the waistline, high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure.

While just one of these does not constitute metabolic syndrome, two or more puts you at great risk for several severe health conditions. Unfortunately, about one-third of US adults are dealing with metabolic syndrome.

Screening for Heart Disease

As doctors and researchers learn more about heart health, screening for CVD and the risk factors leading to it is becoming more thorough and advanced Testing you may experience when screening for cardiovascular disease include:

  • Body Weight – Since obesity puts you at higher risk, the doctor may check your weight, measure your waist circumference and calculate your BMI. While much emphasis has been placed on BMI, waist circumference or body composition analysis are better indicators of the level of visceral fat. This fat is associated with the highest risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Blood Glucose – High glucose levels can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes. This coupled with another listed condition can greatly increase the chances of CVD.
  • Blood Pressure – When elevated, this tends to have no symptoms, so it’s important that it gets checked regularly. This can lead to both CVD and stroke.
  • Cholesterol Profile (Fasting) – This blood test looks at both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol and, like blood pressure, it can be controlled through lifestyle and medication.
  • Lifestyle – Lastly, your doctor will want to learn more about your diet and exercise habits and if you engage in activities like smoking.

An Ounce of Prevention

While the facts may be grim, the good news is that with adequate screening and lifestyle changes, you don’t have to be another statistic. The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure” applies, even to heart health. So, take the proper steps today to become educated and seek testing to change your future for the better!

 

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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.

Stressor

Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.

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