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As a woman, you're most likely to die from this…

Did you now that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women worldwide?

If you're a 20 or 30-something woman reading this now, you might be thinking, “yeah, yeah, I’ll worry about that in 30 years”.

BUT WAIT! Let me tell you why you should start thinking about this now - when you’re young and lively!

Think about it - what are the main factors that impact heart health? Primarily diet and exercise. These are habits…you might already be in specific dietary and exercise habits now in your 20’s - and think about how hard these habits are to change.

Now…think about how hard it would be to change these habits if you continued them for another 30 years. You NEED to start thinking about your heart health now, or it’s going to be 10x harder when you’re 50 and set in your ways.

Heart disease is sneaky for many women - we often think of it as a male predominant disease, and really underestimate our own risk. Women have also been underrepresented in cardiovascular research, which really puts us on the back burner.

In fact, it wasn't until 1993 that it became a law to include women in medical research studies! Doesn't that feel way too recent?

Well, apparently after what happened with thalidomide towards the end of the 1950's, people were a bit scared. In 1977 the FDA actually recommended excluding women of childbearing potential from drug trials.

It makes perfect sense that doctors struggle with treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease in women if we only started studying them in the 90's.

So, what does this mean?

The first thing I want you to take away from this is just how important your cardiovascular health is to your health longevity. Start thinking about it! The second thing to keep in mind is that you need to be a conscious, active participant in your healthcare if you want to stay on top of your cardiovascular health. Don't wait for your doctor to bring it up.

What can you do to take control of your cardiovascular health?

  1. Get yourself building healthy eating and exercise habits…NOW!

  2. Ensure you have a baseline measurement of your lipids (cholesterol). Your lipids change as you age, and often increase quite a bit with menopause, so having a baseline in your 20's or 30's is a great starting place.

  3. Know your blood pressure. Having knowledge of your blood pressure can also make a great baseline measurement. Your blood pressure might start to rise but still be considered "normal" by your doctor and not get flagged. Knowing what your baseline is can help you monitor your blood pressure individually.

If you need help with any of these 3 steps, I encourage you to book a free 15-minute Discovery Call so we can chat about your health. I’d love to build you a plan to get your health on track for long-term success!

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