Overweight In Your 20S Can Lead To Serious Heart Troubles In Your 40S
A recent medical study has shown that obese individuals in their 20s with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have serious heart problems such as a stroke or heart attack while in their 40s.
If your blood pressure is over 136/88 and you’re a man with a waist over 40 inches or a woman with a waist over 35 inches, this could lead to very serious problems in the future. These two factors are 2 of the 5 metabolic symptoms that can lead to type 2 diabetes and subsequent atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries.
One does not need a radical lifestyle change, but small changes throughout the day. Merely losing 10 pounds will greatly improve your blood pressure. Also a reduction in saturated fats, carbohydrates and stopping eating when you are 80% full will drastically reduce your weight around the middle. A daily walk of 30-40 minutes will boost your good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce your bad (LDL).
The rise in the US obesity rate and type 2 diabetes has been partly blamed on substituting regular sugar for high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is cheaper than regular sugar and is responsible for increasing the shelf life of certain products. High fructose corn syrup was primarily found in abundant amounts in sodas and candies. Now, it is being added to an increasing variety of foods such as breads, cereals and condiments.
Furthermore, high fructose corn syrup fools your body into thinking that it is still hungry, so you eat more. Be aware of your intake of high fructose corn syrup, it is practically impossible to avoid eating it, but be mindful of how much you are consuming it as this can lead to serious weight gain and subsequent type 2 diabetes. An individual can live for years not knowing he/she has type 2 diabetes as the symptoms are not apparent until years later.
Be aware of your symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and make sure you stay active and moving. Walking 3-4 times per week for 45 minutes to an hour can reduce your weight, your blood pressure, your cholesterol level and keeping you at bay for contracting type 2 diabetes and subsequent heart problems.
Source by Tony Clerc