Prudent Heart Living is simply a lifestyle which minimizes the risk of heart diseases as defined by American Heart Association.
Diet, lifestyle and medical choices over the course of your life make a large difference to your longevity and health.
The choice between being incapacitated at age thirty-five or living to celebrate an active, healthy hundredth birthday is in your hands (barring bad luck or poor genes).
So it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about how you can improve the quality of your life, and take reasonable steps to ensure your future health and well-being.
So How Do I Live a Prudent Heart Lifestyle?
- Control your weight
- Work to achieve your ideal weight
- Avoid “fad” diets, etc.
- Exercise regularly at least for 20 minutes, 3 times a week is all you need and any type of cardiovascular exercise will work
- Eat sensibly
- Low fat, high fiber
- Avoid tobacco in any form/ Smoking
- Reduce your cholesterol, know your numbers!
- Reduce the cholesterol and other fats in your diet
- Eliminate tobacco from your lifestyle
- Control your blood pressure, know your numbers
- Stay on your medication until your doctor decides to stop it
- Avoid salt
- Exercise regularly
One thing we should always bear in mind is that we are all responsible for our own choices – medicine, diet, lifestyle, exercise, and supplements – as well as the needed to make those choices.
No-one can run your life for you; even your physician is there to help, not dictate.
So best to take greater care of your longevity now and incorporate prudent heart living in order to be more likely alive, active, and healthy in the decades ahead.