It’s Valentine’s Day on Monday and love and hearts abound. Whilst it’s wonderful to be thinking of your loved ones, what about a little bit of self love. Have you thought of your heart health? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of Australia’s largest health concerns (with over 4 million people affected). The Heart Foundation of Australia states that CVD contributes to one in 4 deaths and takes the life of a person every 12 minutes. A very sobering statistic.
Some of the risk factors for CVD are:
– Being male;
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander;
– Family history;
– Being overweight; and
– Poor diet and lifestyle habits (i.e. alcohol and smoking).
Three quarters of Australians are at risk of developing CVD. A quick and easy way to determine if you are at risk is to do the waist to hip ratio measurement. Simply measure at the narrowest part of your waist and then at the widest part of your hips (bum). For women if the ratio is above 0.80 and 0.90 for men, then you are at risk. If this is you, and you also have some of the other risk factors like those listed above, it’s definitely time for some heart self love.
So what can you do? You can:
– Look at your diet. Are you eating enough vegetables and fruit?
– Look at your lifestyle. Are you moving your body regularly, sleeping enough?
– Look at your stress levels. Do you know your stress triggers and how to respond?
If you need help with any of the above, Inner West Nutrition can certainly assist.
Book in for an initial consultation (www.innerwestnutrition.com.au). Do some self love and don’t become a CVD statistic.