Berries May Help Lower Heart Attack Risk for Women
Women should take heart attack risk seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it’s the #1 killer of women in the U.S. and that nearly 300,000 women were killed due to heart disease in 2009 – many without any previous symptoms of heart problems.
Researchers are continuously trying to find new ways to reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and other serious and disabling medical issues. Recently, the health properties of certain antioxidant-rich berries have shown promise in helping reduce heart attack risk for women.
More Health Benefits of Eating Berries
In a recent report from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that eating three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week could cut heart attack risk for women by as much as one-third.
These brightly colored berries contain high levels of dietary flavonoids, which are also found in grapes, blackberries, eggplant, and other deeply colored fruits and vegetables. During the study, the consumption of these two common berries was tracked in the diets 93,600 women aged 25 to 42. The women’s dietary habits were reviewed once every four years for a period of 18 years.
Researchers found that the women who consumed the most amounts of these berries on a regular basis had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack.
Lifestyle Changes Also Necessary to Cut Heart Attack Risk for Women
Just eating more berries won’t protect you from a heart attack, though. There are many disabling conditions and lifestyle choices that may be adding to your risk for heart attacks and heart disease. Diabetes is one of the disabling conditions that may increase a woman’s risk for heart attack due to the circulatory complications often associated with the disease. Obesity is also another condition that can contribute to poor heart health and higher risk of heart attack.
Your lifestyle choices also make a huge impact in your heart health, not to mention your overall health. Some of the lifestyle factors that can increase the heart attack risk for women include:
- alcohol use;
- caffeine consumption;
- family history of heart disease; and
- lack of exercise.
Cutting out use of unhealthy substances, exercising more, and eating better may help lower risk for heart disease and heart attack risk in women. These are important steps for preventing or managing many other disabling conditions as well.
Every Women Should Watch Health to Avoid Disabling Conditions
Heart health is an important part of an overall healthy body, which is why it’s important to give yourself every advantage possible to avoid developing disabling conditions. While the risk for many of these disabling conditions may be decreased with lifestyle changes, many are also hereditary or occupational and cannot be avoided.
No matter the cause, when disabling conditions result in your inability to work and perform substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The application process can take months, even years, if not properly completed, and many cases result in decisions that must be appealed.
At Disability Help Group in South Florida, our Social Security disability representatives help with initial benefit applications and appeals for existing cases. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332 – and schedule a free consultation to learn more about your case.