Heart Health For Women

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Many women do not even think about their heart, unless it is feeling a little broken. But heart disease is becoming one of the most prevelent causes of death in women. Why?

Once upon a time, it was men who had to worry about their hearts, not women, what has happened to women to change that? One of the reasons is hysterectomies, which have become more and more common over the past 40 to 50 years. Did you know that the hormones produced by your uterus help protect the heart? This is so that women can carry a baby to ter, a huge strain on the heart without this special protection, which continues (in a reduced way) as long as she has her uterus.

Our high starchy carbohydrate diets (anything made of white flour or sugar), are causing something called WAT (White Adipose Tissue), tummy fat. This type of fat is completely different from the fat that accumulated in your thighs, which is BAT (Brown Adipose Tissue) because it is harder to shift and accumulates around your organs. Your heart is especially vulnerable to WAT, as it puts enormous strain on your heart to pump and to push the blood through the other organs surrounded by WAT.

What do you need to know to reduce your risks of heart disease?

Know your waist size: If it measures more than 80c, your risk begins to rise. Measure it every 2 weeks. This helps you keep an eye on how much WAT you are accumulating. More information HERE

Know what and how much you are eating: Make sure you eat little or no white stuff (products made from white flour or sugar), and keep your kj’s down around the 7550kj or 1800 calories per day.

Know your blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 and anything over 140 is considered high. Keep a special eye on the distolic rate (the second number) which needs to stay under 90.

Know your cholesterol: Cholesterol is necessary for you to make hormones, including the ones that protect your heart, so do not eat a fat free diet. It is not fat that is dangerous to your health it is the type of fat. Olive oil and other vegetables oils are actually good for you and your heart and will not make you fat. Good cholesterol is called HDL and bad is called LDL, so get yours measured and then increase your good cholesterol by adding in vegetable sources of HDL like olive oil, avocados, nuts and other sources of vegetable fats.

Know your triglycerides: These come from eating the wrong kind of carbs and fats. Aim for yours to be around 2mmol/l.

Know your blood sugar levels: The very same things that result in WAT also result in diabetes, Insulin and Leptin Resistance, so have your glucose levels measured and cut right down on any white stuff, and live longer and healthier.

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Excellent article. I didn’t know that the hormones produced by your uterus help protect the heart. Waiting for some more informative article from you.

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