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HEART DISEASE

Select good nutrition as the best prevention to heart disease.

 "Heart Disease" is a name that applies to a number of factors that affect the cardiovascular system - the heart and blood vessels. The most common one is "atherosclerosis" which is an accumulation of cholesterol and fatty deposits in the artery wall. 

As cholesterol combines with other blood flow to the hearth is stopped, this is called a heart attack

If the blockage is leading to the brain, this is called a stroke. A blockage of blood flow to the legs is called claudication

RISK FACTORS

There are risk factors in every person's life that can contribute to heart disease. It is up to you to improve your overall health and reduce the possibility of heart attack or stroke by reducing or eliminating those factors below which can be changed or controlled.
 
Uncontrolled Risk Factors
Controllable Risk Factors 
Family history of heart disease Poor eating habits
Sex
Excess weight or obesity
Increasing age Elevated blood cholesterol
. Smoking
. Excess Alcohol
. Lack of Exercise
. Stress
. Diabetes
. High blood pressure
GUIDE TO BETTER EATING FOR HEALTHY ADULTS
1. Eat a nutritious, well balanced diet that includes variety within each food group.
2. Achieve and maintain your desirable weight by controlling your daily calorie or kilo joule intake.
3. Limit your fat intake to 30 % or less of your total daily calories. Reduce the saturated fats and/or replace them with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats.
4. Reduce your daily cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams.
5. Reduce your intake of salt, sugar, and alcohol. Diet cannot cure but can help to control the development of heart disease.

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