Want to Avoid Heart Disease? Avoid Stress and have more sex!
Posted Feb 02 2009 11:45pm
I went to the doctor recently for that yearly joyful thing we all call a checkup! I was surprised to hear my doctor talk to me about the risks of heart disease. Our chat went like this ...
Doctor:"You know, now that you are in your 40's you need to make sure you are taking care of your heart."
Me: (looking panicked) "I thought I was!"
I found out that many women entering their 40's don't think about heart health for themselves, but do think about it for their children or husbands.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., yet a wealth of data shows female cardiac patients receive inferior medical care compared with men. (from article in theChicago Tribune)
According to this New York times, a woman's heart symptoms are often caused by stress.
I'd bet most of us can find that a normal day is filled with stress. Now that I'm older, my stress comes from worrying about my kids, jobs, finances, and let's not forget the normal day-to-day chores we do everyday just to make our worlds go 'round.
The "Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines" from FittnessMagizine.com suggests three guidlines to help reduce stress that I'd not heard before. Along with the usual things like yoga, meditation or exercise, the magazine suggets ...
Reduce Caffeine Intake - Caffeine contains stimulants that increase your stress hormones.
Build Your Social Circle - Friends help relieve tension by providing a little fun and alot of companionship.
Have more Sex - I had to do a double take to make sure this is what the article said! Sex decreases your risk or stroke and gives your heart a mini-workout, this makes it an excellent stress buster.
Knowing now that heart disease is the leading killer of women in the U.S., I'm even more determined to make sure I continue my healthy lifestyle. It's those little daily commitments we make that help us to meet the greater goal of lifelong fitness.
If you are checking out my food logs on Fitting It In, I've posted onehere.