These Health Statistics Will Spook You

When Halloween is here, monsters appear, and candies disappear. There is so much sugar available time of year and it only gets worse.

Reese’s in Peace

Instead of, “Eat, drink and be merry,” maybe this year’s Halloween saying should be, “Eat, drink, and be scary.” The majority of Americans are at risk for stroke and heart disease, no thanks to a diet that is rich in processed food, sugars, and saturated fats.

If this seems like an eerily similar scenario to your own life, you might not think it is that big of a deal. The truth is that a diet rich in sugar and processed fats can be a direct cause for developing heart disease and having a stroke.

Consuming too much sugar increases your heart disease risk factors for obesity, high blood pressure, and you are at a greater risk of dying from heart disease. If that is not scary enough, read on to learn about some other frightening statistics.

Spooky statistics

This is not a trick, and it is not a treat. Heart disease is a very preventable medical condition that can be remedied by a diet that is rich in whole foods and a lifestyle that includes activity.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is when the arteries that supply blood to the heart are blocked. Vampires might like this condition, but humans do not. CHD is the direct cause of one in seven deaths in the US.

If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke, you are at a greater risk for heart disease than people without these conditions. What is even scarier is that about half of all Americans have at least one of these risk factors.

Double, double toil and trouble

That is what happens when you combine a sedentary lifestyle with a diet overloaded with processed foods. Current statistics show that sitting is a real danger in our modern world. Sitting too much too often comes with risks for blood clots, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Even though it is the Halloween season, it is not true that a candy a day keeps the monsters away. The truth is that a diet rich in sugar can lead to diabetes and obesity, both of which contribute to developing heart disease.

Do not ignore the warning signs of a heart attack.

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Discomfort in your arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach
  • Nausea, cold sweats, feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath

May the ghost be with you

Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to heart attacks, CHD, and strokes. Six easy steps to help keep your ticker ticking and the monsters of these health conditions at bay:

  1. Curb your alcohol intake. You might not realize it, but alcohol is very high in sugar.
  2. Eat a diet that is full of whole foods.

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