So, today we will figured out that how increased body fat directly relates to heart risks, and that risk can be lowered down drastically with a slight decrease in one’s body fat.
What role does body fat play in increasing the odds of getting heart disease?
It’s a well-known fact that being obese is one of the major causes of deaths, cause by cardiovascular diseases in the world. Moreover, excess fat can also increase the chances of getting diabetes, another major killer disease in the world.
Excess fat, especially the fat around the waist, acts as an extra organ. Which increases one’s odds of getting disease to a great extent, that excess fat may produce inflammatory proteins that initiate the metabolic syndrome, which ultimately causes a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease.
What Problem Does it Cause in General?
To understand how lower body fat can reduce risks, one must know how it increases in the first place.
To be exact and direct, higher fat often leads to narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Which hampers blood flow in our body and thus increases the odds of getting a Cardiovascular disease.
While consuming fats, cholesterol is also consumed in the form of proteins LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol); having a high amount of LDL results in increased heart problems.
How Reduced Body Fat Helps in Lowering Heart Risks?
Studies have proved that just a mere 10% reduction can lead to a 22% lower risk of heart diseases. But, simply losing weight won’t do any good for your body.
Experts have proven that just losing weight has neither a positive nor negative effect on your risk of catching a cardiovascular disease. So, if you do want to decrease the odds of the same, you must prioritize losing body fat and not just weight.
It also helps reducing blood fats (also known as blood lipids). When we consume fats, we also consume cholesterol in the form of proteins termed LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) and HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein).
Moreover reduces bad cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein) and increases good cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein). All these factors combined; leads to lower heart risk.
We’ve discussed earlier that excess fat narrows or blocks down the blood vessels in our body. Which hamper blood flow and could also result in forming blood clots in the worst-case scenario.
So, lower body fat keeps away blood, forming clots in our body. It may also break away existing blood clots from the body. And prohibiting them from entering the heart, lungs, or brain.
Tips to Improve your Heart Health Naturally
Here are few steps to Improve your Heart Health Naturally:
- Prepare your eating plan based on whole natural foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, non-fat dairy products. Cut down the junk and oily food from your daily routine.
- Exercise regularly with a three-pronged approach – cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and flexibility.
- Focus on Lifestyle education with practical, real-world training like cooking healthfully and stepping around stress, and achieving optimal mental/emotional health.
- Spend Less Time Sitting and take a break and move your body.
- Lower Non-HDL Cholesterol High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is known as good cholesterol. As it helps to remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream. But non-hdl cholesterol is not good for your heart.
- Stop Smoking and Start Living cause when you breathe in the smoke of cigarettes, the blood that is distributed to the rest of the body becomes contaminated with the chemicals. However, these chemicals can damage your heart and blood vessels.
- Lower Your Resting Blood Pressure HBP is not good for your heart; lower down it below 120/80.
- Prevent or Control Diabetes Don’t consume too much sugar and surgery products such as sweets, cakes, etc.
- Lower Triglyceride Levels- these triglycerides are fats in the blood. After eating a fatty meal, immediately, most triglycerides are temporarily packaged in particles called chylomicrons. Blood drawn shortly after a fatty meal will appear creamy, like a strawberry milkshake. It takes 1-5 hours for these fat-rich particles to be cleared from the bloodstream.
- Keep a Lid On Stress Feeling stressed can also lead to behaviours that increase heart disease risk, such as smoking, skipping exercise, and skipping out to our favourite fast food joint. Just stay calm and live a happy life. Say bye to your stress.
According to statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases or CVDs are the number 1 cause of global deaths every year.
Cardiovascular diseases cause one in every four death; more than 85% of these deaths are due to heart attack and stroke. High intake of saturated fats, excess amount of bad cholesterol, and not exercising properly are some of the factors that are causing this problem; just maintaining a healthy diet could reduce the number of deaths to a great extent.
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