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Six Drug-Free Ways to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease can be done by making some important lifestyle changes.


1. If you smoke, quit. Not only is smoking associated with cancer, but it is one of the strongest risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease. By choosing not to smoke, you are instantly improving your cardiovascular health, and reducing your risk of cancer. The benefits of quitting smoking can be seen in just one year after quitting. Your risk of heart disease drops dramatically.


2. Be more active. There are so many benefits to being more active. You control your weight, reduce stress and lower your risk of developing conditions that can put a strain on the heart (high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels). Read more about being active in the Moving section.


3. Eat healthy. Good news! There is no strict diabetic diet to follow. People with diabetes can eat whatever they want. It's portion control that's important. Learn about healthy eating in the Eating section.


4. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy and being active can help you lower your weight. Carrying excess weight on your body can increase blood pressure and cholesterol. For more information on what is considered a healthy weight, read the article on Keeping Tabs on Your Body in the Moving section.


5. Check in with your doctor. Have your blood pressure taken. Have a fasting blood test to check your cholesterol profile. Know your numbers.


6.Learn more about cardiovascular health. Remember the proverb "prevention is the best medicine." Talk to your healthcare team and ask for reliable websites and names of books where you can learn more about cardiovascular disease.