This year 1 in 4 adults living in the United States will die as a result of cardiovascular disease.

One of the causes of most illnesses, especially cardiovascular disease, is obesity. That means being too sedentary and allowing ourselves to become obese from lack of exercise and poor diet.

In fact, here in Michigan, 32% of adults are obese.

It seems simple. To lose weight, diet and exercise. To improve your health, diet and exercise.

Maybe you think that your doctor or diet coach is just giving you the runaround – but ultimately, those are just the facts.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released he 2019 guidelines on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

The recommendation:

The ACC/AHA guidelines recommend providers evaluate for cardiovascular disease using the 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk estimator tool and statin therapy for treatment for primary prevention of ASCVD in patients with high cholesterol, diabetes or individuals ages 10-75 who are at significant risk for ASCVD. It is also recommended that target blood pressure be 130 systolic over 80 diastolic.

The good news:

Cardiovascular disease and obesity can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, quitting tobacco and reducing sodium intake.

But how?:

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is promoting the Michigan Health and Wellness 4×4 plan to address this public health crisis.

Their Cardiovascular Health Nutrition and Physical Activity Section is working to create a heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan by increasing physical activity and healthy eating, reducing health disparities, and preventing and controlling other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

For more information, please see your doctor about programs available to you, or visit Michigan.gov/cvh and the Michigan 4 X 4 Health and Wellness Plan website at Michigan.gov/healthymichigan/.

Tags: chronic disease, obesity

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