February is American Heart Month. Do you take care of your heart?
Well, 75% of you are probably reading because you’re a runner of some sort, which means you exercise, which is a great step in taking care of your heart. But it’s not the only step.
As someone who has a slightly odd ticker, I try to do my best to stay heart healthy. But it’s always good to do a double check. There is a neat tool on the American Heart Association website called My Life Check. It’s a quick assessment to determine how to improve your heart health and improve your quality of life.
Now, I love online quizzes. So I had to take this one.
The check uses “Life’s Simple Seven”
- Get Active
- Control Cholesterol
- Eat Better
- Manage Blood Pressure
- Lose Weight
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Stop Smoking
So where did I succeed and where did I fail?
I’ve never been a smoker, so that one’s easy. And I’m fairly active, though as I’ve said, I’m working on increasing my activity. And as of my last doctor’s appointment, my blood pressure was good.
My diet was admittedly not as good as it could be. I just don’t eat enough veggies every day. Some days, I do great. Others, I feel like I’m barely getting in two servings. So I need to step that up. Veggies with lunch and dinner. It will be done.
My cholesterol is something I’m working on. I have hereditary high cholesterol. It’s not bad, but it’s borderline bad. Unfortunately, my issue is that while my LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) is okay, my HDL (the “good” cholesterol) isn’t high enough. That makes my ratio bad. What can I do to fix this? Get more exercise and lose weight. Two things I’m working on.
I’ve not had my fasting blood sugar tested in a long time. I should look into that. I have a glucose meter at home from a time when my doctor thought my panic disorder was triggered by hypoglycemic events (it’s not). So I could check that out on my own.
My weight is something I’ve discussed before and something that I’m working on.
But all in all, my score was pretty good. That said, I have some things to work on.
How did you do on Life’s Simple Seven?