While you're not very overweight - and you're far from being obese - you're carrying a few extra few kilos you could easily afford to get rid of.
But what does that mean for your heart health?
The thing is, not many studies focus on disease and illness in people who are only “slightly” overweight i.e. with a BMI of 25 to 30.
But the ones that do have some significant evidence to support that your disease risk is still quite shocking.
Take this 2007 study for example. Dutch researchers collected data from 21 other studies to include 302,296 participants. They wanted to know what the difference in heart disease risk was for people who were only slightly overweight compared to those in the obese category.
Here's what they found…... ››› more
Menopause doesn't CAUSE heart disease, reassures the American Heart Association. It's what you do in your younger years that increases your risk of heart disease when you hit menopausal age.
For instance, if you're heavy, don't get regular exercise and smoke before you reach menopause, your risk of heart disease is higher than women who are healthier.
If you're heading towards menopause, it's important to really look at the state of your current health, says Dr Nieca Goldberg who volunteers for the American Heart Association.
And with the average age women start going through menopause being 52, she recommends you do this as early as 40.
Here's why…... ››› more
You may only think about your anxiety and depression and what it's doing to your mental health.
But the truth is, it affects more than just your mind!
It affects your heart too!
In fact, nowadays, doctors screen patients with depression for heart disease. Especially if they have any other risk factors for heart disease on top of depression and anxiety.
You see, there's a direct link between depression, anxiety and heart disease. Experts say depression TRIPLES your risk of dying from heart disease compared to just having heart problems.
And a study conducted in North Carolina confirms this…... ››› more
We won't be the first to tell you to quit smoking and we definitely won't be the last.
We're also not going to force you to quit, we just want you to know what it's doing to your health so you can make the decision whether it's worth carrying on the habit.
As you know, smoking affects your lungs. With the toxins from the cigarette smoke constantly irritating your lung tissue and causing inflammation your risk of lung cancer increases.
But did you know smoking affects your heart almost as much?
WebMD.com says as many as 20% of people who die from heart disease do so as a direct result of smoking!
That's a whopping 20% risk of dying from heart disease without even considering the other risk factors smoking comes with!
And the more you smoke and the longer you smoke for, the higher your risk!
Read on to find out why…... ››› more
You can see your migraine coming for miles.
First, you'll have blurry vision, spots in front of your eyes and severe light sensitivity.
Then there's the upset feeling in your stomach. The type that leave you wondering if you're going to have to rush to the loo in the next few minutes, or if you're going to remain queasy and nauseous all day.
Then comes the pain. That throbbing, pulsing, debilitating, skull-splitting headache that feels like it'll never end.
It can put you out of action for hours and even leave you feeling under the weather for days.
Once it's gone, you're grateful it's over.
But is it really?
The effect it has on your body is only just beginning…... ››› more
South African men only live to an average age of 58 years old, said Statistics South Africa in 2013.
That means most men won't make it to retirement age; they won't see their children get married and they won't meet their grandchildren.
But for you, it could be different.
Because the five changes you're about to make in your life could ensure you live an average 18 years longer, giving you more time to do the things you lived your whole life to do…... ››› more
The amount you earn every month has a huge influence on your heart health, explains an article published online in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.
Not only is it stressful when you earn less than you'd like, but it also puts you at risk of dying from a heart attack!
Don't believe me?
It's true. In fact, the National Institutes of Health say adults living in low income households are 50% more likely to die from heart attacks.
Experts say it's because earning less means you're less likely to follow an exercise programme, can't afford more expensive heart healthy foods, are more likely to smoke and be under more stress relating to your family and providing for them.
But a recent study shows that even when researchers adjusted these risk factors, simply earning less than you want to sends your heart attack risk soaring.
Read on for more details about the study…... ››› more
As you get older, you worry about the future of your mental health. Especially with all the reports about the soaring levels of dementia and Alzheimer's cases across the world.
You don't want to end up losing your mind, suffering from Alzheimer's and living your life relying on loved ones to do even the simplest of tasks for you, right?
Here's the thing: You can change your fate!
Experts say many of the most common causes of Alzheimer's are preventable.
That's why, today, we're revealing one of the easiest ways to keep your brain healthy. Simply add these foods to your diet to boost your brain power and spare your mental health naturally…... ››› more
Every article you read about weight loss and diabetes risk tells you to avoid drinking fruit juice like the plaque.
This because of the sugar content! You just get the sugar and there's none of the fibre you'd usually get from the fruit so there's nothing to prevent the spike of your blood sugar.
While weight issues and diabetes are a huge threat in our society, there's a more pressing health matter. And preventing it requires you to drink juice…... ››› more
As you get older, you're probably worried about your mental health.
And with the steady increase in number of patients suffering from dementia, it's essential you know how to keep yours in check!
The truth is, there are many reasons you'd develop dementia - and it's not all to do with age.
Luckily, whether you're forgetting where you left your keys more often, or you're suffering more serious cognitive decline, there's something you can do about it starting today…... ››› more
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