Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Tips to protect your Heart Health this Winter

Many people are unaware of the risks that low temperatures and winter storms can cause to their minds and hearts, who is director of education and outreach at the hospital. Shoveling snow, for example, is one of the most stressful and risky activities people do in the winter since it can raise blood pressure and dramatically increase people's risk for a heart attack.

To protect your heart health this winter, follow these safety tips:
  • Stretch and warm up your muscles with light activity before engaging in rigorous physical activity, such as shoveling.
  • Stay warm. Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose to warm the air you breathe. Dress in layers and cover up with a windproof and waterproof outer shell.
  • Instead of lifting a shovel, push it to remove snow.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks while you are shoveling snow.
  • Enlist a friend to help you shovel. This way you will have less work to do and will not be alone in case of an emergency.
Anyone who is obese, older than 50 or has suffered a heart attack should talk to their doctor before shoveling snow or starting a new exercise program.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Risk Factors for Diabetes Type 2

Health & Fitness Tips for the People with type 2 diabetes either don't produce enough insulin, or their bodies don't process insulin correctly. More than 90 percent of people with diabetes have type 2.
Here's the list of risk factors for type 2 diabetes:
  • Being overweight.
  • Being age 45 or older.
  • Sharing lifestyle habits with a person who has type 2 diabetes.
  • Being Hispanic, Native American, Latino or black.
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle without regular exercise.
  • Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high triglycerides.
  • Having had gestational diabetes.
  • Having had a baby who weighed 9 pounds or more at birth.

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