Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Should Start At An Age That's Earlier Than Anticipated
Feb 01, 2017 11:11 AM EST
Cardiovascular disease is mostly attributed to people who are older but in reality, heart problems can form a lot earlier than expected.
Statistics reveal that heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. According to Philly.com, one American suffers from a heart attack every 25 seconds!
That is a scary thought indeed however, it's not a problem that can't be remedied. In fact, cardiovascular disease prevention should start at an earlier age.
The American Heart Association advises people to start screening for heart disease signs as early as twenty years old. To some, twenty might sound like an early age to worry about problems that are more prominent in older people.
However, the fact is that cardiovascular disease starts in our early childhood. Heart diseases can form a lot earlier and the risks of getting these depend on our eating habits.
Our fitness remains as a major factor, as frequent exercise naturally translates to lesser risk of getting heart disease. The source mentioned that one of the major contributors of heart disease is obesity.
Surprisingly, the main factor that contributes to obesity during childhood isn't necessarily eating too much. New research reveal that the root cause of obesity in children is actually lack of sleep.
Children who sleep at least ten and a half hours a day can reduce the risk of obesity by up to forty percent. As for food intake, the main culprit for obesity is not the amount of fat, protein or even carbohydrates that's consumed.
At the end of the day, the real culprit is the amount of calories that are taken in. The amount of overall calories determine the likelihood of becoming obese as well as calculate the chances of getting heart complications.
There are dozens of health guidelines that show the what type of foods should be eaten and which ones to avoid but not all of them speak the truth. According to U.S.News, nutrition research is still quite new and it would take a long time before we get substantial results. With that said, one health research or guideline will not be able to fit every individual.