A-Z of Health H – Heart Disease

Each day in the UK:

  • 420 people will lose their life to CVD
  • More than 110 will be younger than 75
  • 540 hospital visits due to a heart attack
  • 7m people are living with CVD
  • 180 people will die from coronary heart disease
  • 25% of all UK deaths are caused by heart and circulatory diseases
  • The total annual healthcare cost of heart and circulatory disease is 9billion

Scary? Should be but doesn’t seem to be.  As I have said Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes have become ‘normalised’.  People no longer seem scared of this or to act upon warning signs, the same could be said for looking after our heart health.

My purpose with these A-Z posts is to highlight where there are any preventable factors and how we can influence our health. Around 80 percent of people with heart and circulatory diseases have at least one other health condition.

More than half of Type 2 Diabetes patients will exhibit signs of cardiovascular disease complications at diagnosis

Diabetes UK

Females – generally considered a lower risk of CVD than men, unless you carry excess weight or are Diabetic but did you know that the menopause increases your risk of heart disease? and that CHD kills more than twice as many women in the UK as breast cancer? I touch on this subject in my female nutrition webinar https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar

What can you do to minimise your risk of cardiovascular disease and the many co-morbidities that come with it?

  • Weight – being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of CVD now and in the future
  • Activity – I have spoken many times on the dangers of being sedentary but did you know being sedentary is associated with these risks?
  • 112% increase in risk of diabetes
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events
  • 90% increase in death due to cardiovascular events
  • 49% increase in death due to any cause

Obviously, there is a nutritional link but this is NOT going on a diet.  In fact, many diets contribute to CVD as they tell people to avoid eating fats.  Fats (of the right kind) are crucial to heart health.  For more information on the correct nutritional links to support the prevention of CVD contact me about my online nutrition coaching.

TOFI – Thin Outside Fat inside

I’m not overweight so I’m OK? Maybe not, in my personal consultations I carry out body composition analysis which shows body fat percentages, whist your total body weight may be fine you may have elevated levels of visceral fat (dangerous fat stored around the organs) which is a contributory risk to CVD, particularly if you are unaware and carry on contributing to this visceral fat via your diet and lifestyle .

Contact me to find out more about this testing and consultation service. Check out the webinar schedule for webinars on heart health and the truth about FAT – https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar

It is rarely too late to make a change and change doesn’t have to be scary.  Denial may be a comforting, safe place to be, it doesn’t make any health issues go away.

About the author of this blog

Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.

Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.

Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series.

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