published Friday, March 30th, 2012

Why heart disease is No. 1 killer

Despite all of the advances in medical care, we all still are aware that heart-related diseases remain our No. 1 killer.

Half a million Americans die from heart-related ills each year. Why? Many of the reasons are just "the way we live."

The biggest risk factors are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high glucose levels, unhealthy eating, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and being overweight.

We could control some of those factors if we really decided to. It would require effort and determination.

But as a population, we haven't made much progress over the last decade or so.

Could we choose more wisely what we eat, avoid smoking tobacco, and get enough of the right kinds of exercise?

Sure, we could. But many just don't want to bother.

Our lives are precious to us -- and to our loved ones! We know the things we should do, and the things we should avoid.

If we just avoided the "wrong" things and did the "right" things, we'd live a lot longer -- and more comfortably.

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EaTn said...

With a family history of heart disease I try to eat healthy and routinely exercise, yet I've still had open heart surgery. I also have a family history of cancer for which I also try to eat well and take preventive exams. If I don't get shot by a gun toting idiot or get killed in a car accident, I'm more than likely to die of heart disease or cancer.

March 30, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.
joneses said...

To take care of my heart I stay away for buffets and exercise among other things. The reason I have a slim chance of being shot by a gun toting idiot is because I stay away from the unsafe gang invested inner-city areas where these gun toting idiots reside that have no positive leadership in their communities and also where they are taught hate and racism on a daily basis.

March 30, 2012 at 7:05 a.m.
EaTn said...

joneses said..."The reason I have a slim chance of being shot by a gun toting idiot is because I stay away from the unsafe gang invested inner-city areas"......yeah, except it didn't work for Martin.

March 30, 2012 at 7:46 a.m.
joneses said...

The Zimmerman/Martin tragedy is an isolated incident that the media has blown out of proportion to take away from Obama's failures during this election year. Do you not find it interesting the media did not start using this tragedy to take away attention from Obama's failed policies until 3 weeks after it happened? Where is the outrage about the little 13 year old black girl that is at Erlanger still in a coma from being shot by a gang member two weeks ago in Chattanooga? That warrants more attention than the isolated Zimmerman/Martin tragedy.

March 30, 2012 at 9:34 a.m.
Plato said...

We sometimes talk about the cost of health care in this country compared to Europe that has generally as good if not better health care at a much lower cost. One reason, which for some reason is never mentioned is the fact that Europeans, as a general rule, live much more healthier life styles than we in the US.

Europeans think nothing of walking 3 miles to a grocery store, whereas Americans drive around the grocery store parking lot 5 times to find a place 50 feet closer than the ones that are available. We eat way too much processed foods and junk foods which increase LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Children are feed junk in school cafeterias instead of fruits, vegetables and lean meat like in Europe and the congress votes to declare pizza and french fries "vegetables" so they can continue to served in the schools.

My brother has lived in France for many years and often remarks that French people he knows that come here on vists and see some of the mammoth grossly overweight people walking around in public are appalled, and find it almost unbelievable.

Obesity leads to all kinds of health care problems - diabetes, heart disease, stroke, chronic skeletal/muscle problems such as lower back pain, to name a few. If we could do away with obesity it would result in cutting health care cost by 50%.

March 30, 2012 at 11:52 a.m.
joneses said...


I agree. One of many things missing from the French and European menus are words like, giant, XXLarge, All You Can Eat, Buffet, Buy one get one free, colossal burger, triple double decker, smothered with rich cheese and thick sliced bacon, and many more slogans encouraging people to eat themselves into oblivion. The portions in France are much smaller portions and the French enjoy their food versus enjoy being stuffed. I notice, especially around Thanksgiving the question is asked "did you get enough to eat". It is disgusting the obesity and unadulterated feeding frenzy America has become.

March 30, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
ChrisC said...

It is easy to list down the things to do in order to avoid heart disease, it is easy to say what one can do to lead a healthy lifestyle, but to actually practice what you preach is a different matter altogether. There are too many temptations abound, and people are just not as interested in staying healthy, as they are in indulging in their favourite foods or vices. That may be why the insurance trade is still thriving.

Chris -

May 31, 2012 at 10:46 p.m.
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