Blood Pressure What is “Normal”… Source: American Heart Association Guidelines
What you don’t know can… High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke. How can you lower your blood pressure? (without medication)
Normal- levels up to 100 mg/dl Prediabetes- levels between 100 -126 mg/dL (These levels may indicate an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and its complications.) Diabetes- Diagnosed when fasting blood glucose levels are 126 mg/dL or higher. Blood Glucose *Acceptable ranges of blood glucose levels vary from fasting vs. non-fasting and screening vs. diagnostic testing
Waist Circumference Apple vs. Pear Visceral Fat (fat around the middle) Held within the deep organs increases pro-inflammatory diseases like: CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) Depression/Bipolar Alzheimer's RA Waist Circumference Less than 35 inches for a woman Less than 40 inches for a man Waist to hip ratio is more important than BMI or body fat measure when it comes to estimating risk of heart disease due to obesity!
The Power of Exercise How Much? 30 Minutes Most Days of the Week Lowers blood pressure
Activity at Work: Job as mail carrier included daily walking (5 days a week)
Leisure Activities: Hiking on weekends year round
Household Chores: Used push mower to cut grass.
Don & Nelson’s Exercise Habits Don
Activity at Work: Job in the banking industry was mostly sedentary.
Leisure Activities: Gardening during summer months
Household Chores: Used riding mower to cut grass. Frequently helped with vacuuming and mopping the floors
The Power of Good Nutrition Limit Unhealthy Fats- Choose Olive or Canola oil and margarines labeled “trans fat-free” Choose Low-fat protein- Choose low fat/fat free dairy, fish, soy products, skinless chicken, beans and peas Eat more Fruits & Veggies- Choose fresh, frozen or low-sodium canned. Choose fruit packed in natural juice or water. Select Whole Grains- Choose 100% whole wheat bread, high fiber cereal (5g per serving), brown rice, whole grain pasta, and oatmeal Practice Moderation & Balance- vs.
Tobacco Use: Smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day
Weight Control: Struggles with obesity and is typically 40-50 lbs overweight.
Favorite food: beans
Tobacco Use: Has never used any form of tobacco
Weight Control: Has worked at maintaining a healthy weight through out his life.
Tobacco Use- No More Butts! Tobacco Use is particular damaging to the body. Raises blood pressure Constricts arteries Deprives heart of oxygen Greatly increases risk of heart attack in younger women Exposure to second hand smoke also raises risk of heart disease and cancer
The Power of the Mind/BodyRelax, Restore, & Rejuvenate
Listening to music Socializing with friends & family
Don- 76 years old 2009
Overall health: History of heart, kidney, and thyroid disease, mini stroke (TIA) depression, back problems, PAD
Medications: Takes 10 different types of meds 4 times a day.
Quality of Life: No longer drives and lives in an Assisted Living facility due to short term memory issues
Outlook on Life: Misses his independence, his wife, and living at home, enjoys playing bingo/karaoke and spending time with his family and friends especially Nelson!
Tale of Two Leaders- 40 Years Later Still the Best of Friends but… Nelson- 86 years old 2009
Overall health: No current health issues except for arthritis in the knees and back, in remission from Prostate Cancer for 4 years
Medications: Takes multiple vitamin and medicine for high blood pressure
Quality of life: Still drives, lives at home and goes to Florida every winter. (with his wife)
Outlook on Life: Is active in various community organizations, favorite hobbies include collecting sea shells and making shell mirrors. Enjoys spending time with his family and friends and going to visit with Don!
Lifestyle Makes all the Difference- Researchers estimate that by engaging in heart-healthy behaviors, up to 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented! How do I know so much about the lifestyle habits of Don & Nelson? Don’s My Dad!
A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher Discover Your Road to Health TODAY…