3 Signs You Might Be At Risk for Heart Disease … and What To Do About Them

Y’all, it’s Heart Health Month and I feel compelled every year to highlight a MAJOR statistic that none of us should forget and applies to all of us, regardless of age or gender or race (yes each of those impact it further). And it’s the one that brought me to this path where nutrition (and more) meets medicine. 

Heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States. 

So therefore, out of the top 3 signs you might be at risk for heart disease, number one is simply that statistic. Yes, I kinda tricked you on that one … but it is crucial to know that and what we are up against in this country. 

Here are the OTHER top three signs followed by WHAT TO DO about them:  

SIGN: High Blood Pressure: One of the most significant indicators of heart disease risk is high blood pressure or hypertension. If your blood pressure consistently measures above 130/80 mmHg, it’s essential to take proactive steps towards managing it and reducing your risk. Just think about this: it is the shear pressure of blood flow against arterial walls…damage happens! In my opinion, you and your providers need to be very stringent on this. 

WHAT TO DO:  Be sure you’re checking your numbers every which way periodically…at an annual physical (don’t let the medical assistant take that BP after you’ve rushed into the visit) and a few other times during the year too. If you’re already diagnosed, well there are some things you can do from a functional medicine and nutrition perspective. Reach out to us if you want help.

SIGN: Abnormal cholesterol panel.  Aberrant cholesterol/triglyceride patterns (thereby inflammation) can lead to the formation of plaque in the arteries, increasing the likelihood of heart disease. 

WHAT TO DO: Get your annual physical and ask for a deeper dive into your cholesterol panel, asking at the very least for an ApoB and a Lp(a) marker. I cannot stress this enough. We now have a lab package where you can get all of these and much much more if you don’t want to deal with insurance companies not covering these (completely ridiculous that they don’t see the value in these preventative measures 😡). Sure, you can now go get labs like this at Inside Tracker, etc…but you don’t have a live person like me explaining it to you in the big picture of your health and nutrition and exercise and genetics 🙂 and you certainly don’t get the whole enchilada of lab tests….these 5 are NOT enough. 

SIGN: Any sign of insulin resistance. This is a somewhat vague physiology to identify easily by labs if you already don’t have diabetes. Because the fact remains that many of us are already prediabetic and don’t know it. 

WHAT TO DO: Again, if you’re not sure you’re not prediabetic, please get more than just the usual labs to verify. Otherwise, some simple things to do if you know you’re insulin resistant is to go back through ALL my blog posts and read every one of them. Just kidding 😆. At least do these things, in order: 1) reduce processed foods and too much sugar 2) move 3) eat a lot of fiber 4) sleep 5) consider a few key supplements. I’m trying out Pendulum Pro on myself based on what I learned the last few months. I’ll keep you posted in 3 and 6 months. 

Remember, prevention and early detection are key in combating heart disease. Let’s take care of our hearts and encourage one another towards healthier living.

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