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Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in Americans, but we can decrease its incidence with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Here are seven recommendations from the American Heart Association to remain heart-healthy as you age:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage your blood pressure
- Know your cholesterol scores
- Manage your blood sugar
Do the following to prevent heart disease:
- Keep a healthy diet. Follow a plan that restricts consumption of saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol and added sugars. Make sure your diet contains plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes and seeds. Choose fat-free and low-fat dairy products and lean meats and poultry. Limit consumption of beverages with added sugar.
- Get your exercise. Studies have shown that even a daily brisk walk can have positive effects on your heart health. Muscle-strengthening activities are also recommended.
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