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Your heart disease risk is 14 % higher because you're short…

by , 23 April 2015

As if your short stature didn't plague you enough, now it's a reason you need to pay more attention to your heart health than your taller counterparts.

Cardiology professor Nilesh Samani and lead author of a new study done at the University of Leicester found the link between being short and having worse heart health.

In fact, for every 6cm less in height you are, your heart disease risk rises 14%!

But I hear you ask: “6cm compared to what?”

Well, a good guideline is, if you're the shortest person in the room, your risk is the highest.

Now, there's nothing you can do about your height. But there IS something you can do about your heart disease risk.

Read on below to find out what you need to add to your diet to maintain a healthy heart despite being short…

Make your diet work for you and your heart health

 
There’s little better to improve your heart health than eating natural, fresh and unprocessed foods. 
 
Basically, your heart needs plenty nutrients to make sure it keeps doing what it should. Because, as you know, if it stops, your life is over!
 
The best nutrients to keep your ticker ticking are healthy omega 3 fats, coenzyme Q10, folate, lycopene, magnesium, polyphenols and resveratrol. But you don’t have to buy a bottle of each of these supplements from your local pharmacy.
 
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Omega 3s thin the blood and stop clots from forming. It also increases good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
 
 
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You simply have to eat the right foods. 
 
Here’s a list of the foods to munch away on to lower your heart disease risk:
 
1. Salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel and tuna. From these you’ll get a healthy dose of omega 3s. 
2. Oats contain a variety of these nutrients like omega 3s, magnesium, potassium, folate, B vitamins, calcium and soluble fiber. Adding fibre to your diet is a great way to lower your cholesterol levels. And thus it too protects your heart health. 
3. Drink a glass of red wine a night and toast to good heart health. Red grape skins contain resveratrol. Interestingly, the cheaper the red wine, the better quality resveratrol! It’s because the cheaper wines contain more grape skins and thus more of the nutrient. 
4. Brown rice is also a wholesome food to add to your diet to lower your heart disease risk. It contains magnesium, folate, fibre and lots of healthy B vitamins.
 
As you can see, being short doesn’t have to mean the end of your good heart health like the evidence says. Start enjoying healthy, wholesome food and beat the odds. 
 
Here’s to maintaining your good heart health with food!
 
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Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/04/09/being-short-may-put-you-more-at-risk-for-heart-disease/
http://blog.aarp.org/2015/04/13/short-men-at-greater-risk-for-heart-disease/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-gene-for-short-stature-is-linked-to-heart-disease/2015/04/13/a3a143e6-dec6-11e4-a1b8-2ed88bc190d2_story.html
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7757/10-essential-nutrients-for-heart-health.html
 

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