In 2019, a study found that 4.74 million South Africans suffered from hypertension, making it the most common chronic disease in the country.
More recently, cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to affect millions of people. It is responsible for 255 deaths per day, although 80% of heart disease and strokes are preventable.
Globally, heart disease and stroke kill 18.6 million people every year.
Experts agree that the nutrients you get from eating certain foods, including fiber, folic acid, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help prevent heart disease and improve overall health.
According to Professor Pamela Naidoo of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA), getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in Lucky Star canned fish products, can reduce blood pressure, clotting blood and irregular heartbeat. It can also lower your risk of stroke and heart failure.
As a result, Lucky Star and the HSFSA are encouraging everyone to make heart-healthy choices, adding that their fish products are endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa.
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Adopt healthier eating habits
Naidoo explains that making small changes can dramatically improve your health and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.
“2020 has been a tumultuous year, and in 2021 South Africans need solace, solace and a semblance of normalcy and familiarity. As such, resorting to unhealthy eating habits or activities to occupy our minds has become commonplace.
“Fortunately, just shopping more consciously and choosing food brands that talk about safety and encourage healthy eating can make all the difference. Education is important in helping consumers make more informed purchasing decisions.
Changing your diet to include more fatty fish that are rich in omega-3s can also benefit memory and brain function, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, strengthen bones, and reduce pain and stiffness in joints.
“Whether you are a parent wanting to introduce the family to a more balanced diet or a high-risk person wanting healthier protein options, Lucky Star’s line of heart-healthy products is a cost-effective and reliable alternative,” says Naidoo. .
“Lucky Star products are non-GMO, high in protein, and contain no additional oil, making them a healthy and delicious option that families will love.”
Love your heart this Heart Awareness Month
Due to the mind-boggling number and increasing rates of heart disease and stroke, World Heart Day, which takes place on September 29, was created by the World Heart Federation and aims to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and the importance of having a heart healthy lifestyle.
It also highlights steps we can take to prevent and control cardiovascular disease and get more people involved in educating people about risk factors, including smoking, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity.
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According to Naidoo: “It is now more important than ever for South Africans to reconnect with their own health and bodies in these turbulent times.
“We need to start adopting better eating behaviors and integrating physical activity into our daily lives to prevent the onset of serious cardiovascular disease. September being Heart Awareness Month, our Love your Heart campaign seeks to encourage all South Africans to actively consider their heart health.
The CEO of HSFSA also warns of high cholesterol, which is an important factor in women aged 35 to 55 and a significant risk factor for CVD.
“Unhealthy eating habits can lead to high cholesterol levels, and when there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up on the walls of your arteries, slowing or blocking blood flow to the heart muscle.
“High cholesterol is linked to cardiovascular disease such as coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
“The pandemic, which has created a healthcare crisis, has highlighted the need for innovative and effective ways to communicate and educate people about the importance of heart health, especially in rural communities and communities. low resource areas. Thanks to the power of digital media and the hashtag #useheart,
“World Heart Day aims to improve awareness, prevention and management of CVD globally,” Naidoo concludes.
(Information: Lucky Star and the HSFSA).