Heart disease preventable

By Dr. Warren Willey
Columnist for the Journal

Heart disease remains a leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for one in every four deaths. Even as we are all preached at and encouraged to employ preventative measures to ward off heart disease, and thereby increase longevity and enjoyment of life, we are occasionally left wondering how powerful these preventative measures really are.

A study recently released in the Annals of Internal Medicine provided that answer. The study team analyzed data collected from over 500,000 men and women, 45 to 79 years of age, using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2010. They found that preventative intervention on five primary risk factors for heart disease completely changed death rates.

Being proactive or preventative with cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight (obesity), and smoking, could have prevented 54 percent of heart disease deaths among men and 50 percent of heart disease deaths among women. In other words, heart disease does not have to be the leading cause of death in our country.

With the majority of these modifiable risk factors responding very well to an adequate diet and movement, you can avoid becoming a very common statistic. 

Dr. Warren Willey is the Medical Director of a hormone management and medical weight loss center in Southeast Idaho. A widely-published author and speaker, Willey is a Board Certified Osteopathic Physician and did his postgraduate training at The Mayo Clinic. For more on his work and background, visit http://drwilley.com.

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