Love Your Healthy Heart

Middle age is the time to make your heart health a top priority, says a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. By eliminating risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol, you could add up to 14 years to your life, according to this review of research. By doing some moderate exercise at least three times a week, you can increase levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol in your blood, which mops up LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery walls), heart attack and stroke.Middle age is the time to make your heart health a top priority, says a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. By eliminating risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol, you could add up to 14 years to your life, according to this review of research. By doing some moderate exercise at least three times a week, you can increase levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol in your blood, which mops up LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery walls), heart attack and stroke.

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HEALTH BULLETIN PREGNANCY PLANNING

Do you know when you’re most fertile? According to a recent survey conducted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, only 13 per cent of women who attended a fertility clinic knew when the best time in the month was to conceive. To optimise your chances of conception, time intercourse with the first few days of ovulation, typically 14 days before the start of your period.Do you know when you’re most fertile? According to a recent survey conducted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, only 13 per cent of women who attended a fertility clinic knew when the best time in the month was to conceive. To optimise your chances of conception, time intercourse with the first few days of ovulation, typically 14 days before the start of your period.

SKIN REVELATION

If you suffer from psoriasis, talk to your dentist. In a Taiwanese study of 230,000 people, those with gum disease were 54 per cent more likely to have psoriasis. This skin condition affects 1.8 million people in the UK and appears as red, itchy, inflamed and flaky skin. Gum disease can be prevented and treated easily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.SKIN REVELATION If you suffer from psoriasis, talk to your dentist. In a Taiwanese study of 230,000 people, those with gum disease were 54 per cent more likely to have psoriasis. This skin condition affects 1.8 million people in the UK and appears as red, itchy, inflamed and flaky skin. Gum disease can be prevented and treated easily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.

KEEP MOVING

Women could increase their risk of Type 2 diabetes if they sit for long periods during the day. A University of Leicester study found that if women spent prolonged periods on their bottom, they were more likely to suffer insulin resistance and chronic inflammation than more active women. Researchers predict this is due to fat cells releasing hormones that slow the metabolism during inactivityKEEP MOVING Women could increase their risk of Type 2 diabetes if they sit for long periods during the day. A University of Leicester study found that if women spent prolonged periods on their bottom, they were more likely to suffer insulin resistance and chronic inflammation than more active women. Researchers predict this is due to fat cells releasing hormones that slow the metabolism during inactivity.

BREAK THE HABIT

s your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, stop biting your nails or perhaps follow a healthier diet? If so, a visual reminder can help you keep to your goals. Sticking a picture of your favourite female celebrity to the fridge might deter you from raiding its contents, or a sparkly nail varnish might prevent you from gnawing your fingers when you’re stressed. Alternatively, try the new double-finger Moderator ring, designed to be worn on the hand you use most or on the fingers you use to hold your cigarette. In 94 per cent of cases, smokers said it deterred them from smoking. It costs £6.99; themoderator.co.uk.s your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, stop biting your nails or perhaps follow a healthier diet? If so, a visual reminder can help you keep to your goals. Sticking a picture of your favourite female celebrity to the fridge might deter you from raiding its contents, or a sparkly nail varnish might prevent you from gnawing your fingers when you’re stressed. Alternatively, try the new double-finger Moderator ring, designed to be worn on the hand you use most or on the fingers you use to hold your cigarette. In 94 per cent of cases, smokers said it deterred them from smoking. It costs £6.99; themoderator.co.uk.

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