Living productive lives with hypertension, diabetes and other diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
She likes to bake cookies and pastries for grandson Coco and granddaughter Nina. Her heart matters to her loved ones.
Heart attacks and strokes are real threats to life that come without warnings? There’s a way for Marta to know her risks of experiencing these sudden events. We all wish to bring Marta very far from experiencing heart attack and stroke.
How? For Marta and for all adults. Know your numbers. What numbers?
Have you had your BP checked?
Have you checked your fasting blood sugar?
Have you checked your blood lipid profile (fats and cholesterols)?
Have you computed for your Body Mass Index?
Body Mass Index: 26 kg/m2
Fasting Blood Sugar: 140 mg/dl
LDL (Bad Cholesterol): 160 mg/dl
Systolic Blood Pressure: 142 mm Hg
Diastolic Blood Pressure: 95 mm Hg
Total Cholesterol: 150 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 140 mg/dl
With these numbers of Marta? Is she at risk of possibly experiencing heart attack or stroke in the next five or ten years?
All these risks can be modified and controlled by making the right choices in the food we eat, active lifestyle and our doctors’ care. Hearts can be stronger and our lives lived better and longer.
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Marta’s BP is 140/90. Mine is 130/80. Is that normal? Know more about this threat to heart & life called hypertension
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Marta’s LDL level is 160 mg/dl. The doctor is aggressively bringing this down. Why is LDL bad?
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His children Jerome and Joana love to play basketball.
Look at Joey’s numbers.
Body Mass Index (BMI): 22
Fasting Blood Sugar: 90 mg/dl
LDL (Bad Cholesterol): 85 mg/dl
Systolic Blood Pressure: 150 mm Hg
Diastolic Blood Pressure: 89 mm Hg
Total Cholesterol: 100 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 120 mg/dl
His BMI is ideal. His blood sugar and cholesterols are normal. He was told that he has hypertension. His doctor prescribed medicine to lower his blood pressure.
His wife goes to the grocery and prepares the recommended diet for Joey to have a strong and healthy heart.
Cutting down on salt helps lower blood pressure and researches show that choosing diet low in sodium can make you live longer.
Let’s talk more about salt, heart health and living longer. See the food choices, recipes and meal plans of Joey’s family.
To choose wisely one important question to ask is, “Who does the shopping and food preparation?” The main battleground in the fight against obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease is the grocery or the market.
Joey and wife do the grocery shopping together. Shopping guides are available for them and for you.
One weapon to fight against heart disease is being able to read food labels. When Joey and wife go to the grocery they are armed with the knowledge on food labels. How about you?
Download guide on looking at and interpreting food labels to choose wisely the food to buy.
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Peter loves his wife Lala so much and despite busy office jobs he spends quality time with her.
After checking the results of his laboratory examinations, the couple resolves to do something. Act now. Take control and achieve goals.
Body Mass Index: 30 kg/m2
Fasting Blood Sugar: 210 mg/dl
LDL (Bad Cholesterol): 100 mg/dl
Systolic Blood Pressure: 152 mm Hg
Diastolic Blood Pressure: 90 mm Hg
Total Cholesterol: 250 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 300 mg/dl
Peter’s nagging question was about alcohol. “I was told to drink moderately and that’s all. How can I follow that instruction?”
Moderate alcohol intake helps lower blood pressure and protects the liver from damage.
The couple loves to eat and enjoy food. They thought choosing healthy diet means eating bland or food that they cannot enjoy. They thought choosing healthy food simply means “Don’t eat this, don’t eat that. Only eat this, Only eat that.” This is not true.
Peter and Lala can still enjoy flavorful, delicious food. They just have to know some information on food choices, cooking and healthy eating patterns or habits.
People living around the Mediterranean Sea eat foods that make them live healthier and longer lives. Besides fruits and vegetables, they still eat red meat once a month. People in Okinawa, Japan are older and healthier because they eat lots of sweet potato. We can learn from best diets in the world proven to make people live longer.
Let’s Take Control. Let’s Achieve Goals. Best time to act is now!
Read the guide to understand “moderate alcohol intake” for both men and women.
Here's a guide on shopping and preparing food, still flavorful but with less salt.
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BMI gives the relationship between weight and height. BMI of ≥23kg/m2 means one is overweight and at risk of having diabetes and may develop heart disease in the future. BMI of ≥25kg/m2 is obese and puts one at higher risk. Testing for diabetes and lipid problems is advised even for those <40 years old. Weight control and management is mandatory to remove the risks.