Your Health: Staying Well

Active workers have a lower risk of heart disease.
If your job keeps you on the move, that type of work is good for your heart. Researchers studied 60,000 people and discovered that as the level of physical activity went up, heart risks went down. Study participants were age 25 to 64 and were followed for about 18 years.
As expected, both moderate and high levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with lower likelihood of developing heart failure. Commuting to work in a way that burns calories, such as walking or biking, was also linked to lower heart risks.
Those who have inactive jobs, like working at a computer, could raise the activity level by walking up and down the stairs, taking a walk at lunch break or visiting the gym for relaxation and exercise.
Study subjects with the lowest heart failure risk had physical activity at work, at play and during their commute.
Avoid a stroke
Many “brain attacks” can be prevented even if several have occurred in your family history. The answer lies in controlling factors that add to the likelihood of a stroke. The three conditions you can control are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
You will set yourself up for a repeat of your family history if you smoke cigarettes, weigh too much, drink too much and don’t exercise.
High blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for stroke. About one in five Americans have it, but some don’t even know it. Others know they have it but don’t take their medication regularly.
High cholesterol and diabetes damage the veins and arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain.
It will be helpful if you can lose weight and quit smoking. But if you have one or all three of the big risk factors, you need to follow the advice of your doctor and keep regularly scheduled appointments to check on your conditions.

Vitamin D3 or Vitamin D2?
Studies show that most of us living in the Northwest are most definitely Vitamin D deficient. This vitamin is a mega-worker for our bodies, helping fight against cancers and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin D3 is much better absorbed, rather than D2, which is synthetic.

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