Posted by GOH
on Dec 5, 2011 in Articles
, The Seven Numbers
With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, we often forget to keep track of our health, which can be troublesome, as heart disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States. At the same time, you don’t want to obsess about having a healthy heart either there’s only so much effort, time, and money you can spend to prevent yourself from developing any severe form of heart disease. So here’s an easy guideline to keep on track of your body’s condition as far as heart disease goes: T.R.O.U.B.L.E.
The acronym T.R.O.U.B.L.E. reminds you of the most important factors in determining if you might be at risk for heart disease. Let’s go through these seven warning signs one by one, and you can gauge where you are in terms of staying away from heart disease:
- Training refers to how fit you are. If you get tired just walking up a flight of stairs or a similar activity, it is not a good sign as far as heart disease goes. But as long as you don’t have any heart disease yet, it’s not too late to solve this.
- Roundness looks at your body mass index or BMI, which estimates your body fat levels based on your weight and height. A BMI of 25 or less is ideal, while a BMI of 35 indicates that you are obese, which ups your chance of developing some form of heart disease.
- Oil. Have your blood checked for your HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or your “good cholesterol”), LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or your “bad cholesterol”) and triglycerides regularly, then have a doctor interpret the results to see if you’re at risk for heart disease.
Unacceptable sugar includes glucose and C-peptide, which should fall within a certain range. You can have a C-peptide test along with your blood glucose test, and again, have a doctor interpret the results.
Blood pressure can also be a good sign of whether you’re likely to be at risk for heart disease. Make sure to stay within a healthy range; otherwise, change your lifestyle.
Lousy habits include smoking, eating tons of fast food and letting yourself get under too much stress. You will want to avoid all these. Also, making sure you get your minimum 54 hours of sleep per week helps you keep away from heart disease.
Exploding plaque. Are your arteries clogged? To see whether you’re at risk for a heart attack or any other form of heart disease, there are some tests that your doctor may recommend to see how much plaque buildup is in your body.
No one wants to think about the possibility of heart disease too much after all, life’s too short to keep on worrying about illnesses. Just remember to exercise and have healthy eating habits and what the acronym T.R.O.U.B.L.E. stands for and you should be less prone to heart disease.