How to be More Heart-Healthy

hospital-699464_640According to the American Heart Association, over 39 million American men (1 in 3) suffer from heart problems. Each year, just under half a million of them die of cardiovascular disease. That’s more than cancer and diabetes combined.

Diet and exercise make a major impact in avoiding such issues. Follow these tips from the Men’s Health Resource Center to ensure you are heart-healthy.

Nutritional tips for High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease

  • Eat at least three ounces of whole grain cereals such as whole wheat, oats and brown rice per day. Whole grains provide abundant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, which are heart healthy.
  • Limit your sodium intake to 2300 mg/day. Too much sodium can cause high blood pressure.
  • Use less oil, margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings.
  • Avoid saturated fats such as bacon fat, cream cheese, lard, coconut oil or chocolate.
  • Low-fat or reduced fat dairy products will help to reduce your cholesterol levels. Too much cholesterol can lead to heart disease.