Keeping your Heart Healthy

healthy-heartDo you know your numbers when it comes to your heart?

Do you know your BMI, cholesterol level or waist circumference?  All these numbers are vital in preventing heart attacks which is still the leading cause of death in Ireland.  This month is the Irish Heart Foundation’s, heart campaign ‘The Fats of Life’!  What are good and bad fats? What should my cholesterol level be?  How can I prevent any heart related illnesses?  It’s all a numbers game!

Too many bad fats such as saturated fat in the diet can increase bad cholesterol levels.  Healthy cholesterol levels should be under 5mmol/L, this is the unit used to illustrate how much fats are found in your blood. Your GP can screen both your cholesterol level and blood pressure with a standard health screening.  Cholesterol levels can be lowered by adopting a healthy diet and by exercising frequently.  Choose to eat lean meats, low-fat spreads and use low-fat healthy ways of cooking, like grilling or oven-baking.

Take a look at how Flora explain the difference between good and bad fats in the videos

Check out ‘The Fats of Life’ campaign from the Irish Heart foundation for more information on saturated fats.

A great way of keeping your cholesterol level in check is by keeping your BMI (Body Mass Index) under 25! A score between 18 and 25 is healthy.  Your BMI is a good estimate of how much of your body is made up of fat. It relates your weight to your height. You can work out your BMI by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by the square of your height (in metres). Or simply use this online BMI calculator.

Your waist circumference can be measured easily yourself and should be under 32 inches for women and under 37 inches for men.  If your waist measurements go over these numbers, there is an increased risk of heart related illnesses.  So the important numbers to remember for your heart are 5, 25 and 32 or 37!

GloHealth offers a €50 contribution towards health screenings with our Sports Cover Personalised Package.  For more information take a look at our Personalised Packages.

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