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Lifestyle makes a difference in battling heart disease

THE island’s beautiful weather and great scenery can motivate us to live a healthy lifestyle.

Research presented recently by the European Society of Cardiology found that “physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol play a greater role than genetics in many young patients with heart disease. Healthy behaviors should be a top priority for reducing heart disease even in those with a family history of early-onset.”

The author of the study, Joao A. Sousa of Funchal Hospital in Portugal, said: “Genetics are an important contributor to premature heart disease but should not be used as an excuse to say it is inevitable.”

He added, “In our clinical practice, we often hear young patients with premature heart disease ‘seek shelter’ and explanation in their genetics/family history. However, when we look at the data in our study, these young patients were frequently smokers, physically inactive, with high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure — all of which can be changed.”

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, one must live a healthy lifestyle by “controlling your blood pressure, keeping your cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control, staying at healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, limiting alcohol, not smoking, managing stress, managing diabetes, and making sure that you get enough sleep.”

A local woman interviewed by this writer said she was fighting her diabetes and high blood pressure by taking medicines. “My doctor does not prevent me from eating my favorite food but he said I should not gain weight and do regular exercises.”

Other residents interviewed by this writer said to stay fit, they drink noni or neem juice, extract from soursop leaves, and eat fruits such as blackberries.

One said, “Physical exercise is great but I don’t have much time for it because of home responsibilities.”