Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 17.7 million people every year, accounting for 31% of all global deaths (WHO, 2017). You may be asking, “how has this disease become so prevalent in our society and what can I do to prevent it from happening to me?” This is the question I asked myself after finding out that I had a genetic condition elevating my cholesterol to dangerously high levels.
Research shows that heart disease starts early and, depending on your lifestyle, genetic predispositions, or health habits, the consequences can manifest earlier than you think. More children than ever have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s become increasingly common to see people under 40 having heart attacks, and many don’t realize they have a significant risk of experiencing a cardiac event until it’s too late.
My genetic condition is called familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, which causes extremely high levels of LDL even with an exceptionally healthy lifestyle. It is said that this condition cannot be controlled without the use of medication but I wasn’t willing to accept this. I’ve lowered my cholesterol WITHOUT DRUGS and so can you.
New research shows that plaque buildup begins within the first two decades of life. The time to commit to a healthy lifestyle is NOW. If you are currently overweight, stressed out, have high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes check out my FREE guide to naturally lower cholesterol. Simple blood tests can tell you where you’re at, with regard to your relative risk of experiencing a symptom of heart disease. These are reliable, affordable and can be done without expensive appointments with physicians.
Here are a few things ou should be doing:
- Engage in moderate physical activity as much as you can… Then aim for more each week.
- Eat less processed fats (oil) – all oils, even “heart healthy” olive oil
- Eat less meat – this includes chicken, pork, beef, trkey… are you getting the idea?
- Eat more whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. I know it’s a pain to wash and chop, but eating these will protect that heart of yours.
Start with these suggestions and if you’re so inclined, read my free guide . Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in developed countries and it’s preventable through our diet and lifestyle choices.