Most everyone knows, or has heard of someone who was seemingly healthy, who died suddenly from a heart attack. While the big risk factors of heart disease, such as diet and lack of exercise are well known, there are also little known risk factors. Men can also make small changes, that yield big rewards, in reducing heart disease and improving men’s health.
Keep away from Airborne polutants
According to David C Christini, MD, the author of a Harvard study, research indicates that the more airborne particles that middle age men inhaled, the more difficult it was for their hearts to adjust to different types of activity. The solution is not driving with car windows open.
Switch to Sesame seed oil
Research indicates, that men who switched from vegetable and corn oil, to sesame seed oil lowered their blood pressure by more than 30 points within 2 months, without making any other dietary changes.
Recently my wife suggested we give each other back rubs and massages, rather than spend a lot of money at the SPA. Massage releases stress, as well as chemicals in the skin, which trigger inflammation.
Six or more small meals daily
I cannot seem to break the habit of eating 3 squares each day. Studies show that men who eat 6 or more small meals each day, decrease heart disease risk by 20 to 30%. And may also lower cholesterol.
More sex equals more exercise
We ave all heard stories of men who died during the sex act. Research however, indicates the opposite. The time, energy and sweat expended while making love, is equal to exercise, and may save your life. Men who have sex at least twice a week cut their risk of heart disease by 1/3rd.
Snack on raisins
Potassium helps regulate blood pressure. In addition to potatoes and banana’s,, raisins are a great source of potassium. My wife has been giving me raisins, as an alternative to sugary snacks. I add no idea of their potassium content. I like to mi raisins in a plastic bag with nuts, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate M & Ms to make my own trail mix.
Take the stairs
Take thee stairs every chance you get. If you are healthy enough, climb a hill, or a mountain. Research from Yale shows that men wit insulin insensitivity, who used a stair climber for 45 minutes, 4 times a week improved their insulin sensitivity. My family climbed a local mountain together in 1999. I am not sure I ca do that now, but I climb stairs every chance I get.
Each one of these suggestions is simple and inexpensive. Put into practice, together these changes will help men lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. We will also improve overall health and lengthen our lives.