You know how important it is to look after your heart, so there’s no time like the present to make sure you’re doing the very best for it. We look at how important heart health is during your decades.
In your 20s to 40s
There’s probably very little thought about heart health, or indeed your health, when you’re in your twenties. And for good reason. It’s a time of limitless energy, late nights, and eating whatever you want, with little consequence. However, a recent study by the Australian Heart Foundation found that 34 per cent of adult Australians in the 18-44 age bracket had a high risk of diabetes, and high cholesterol. This was due mainly to smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise.
To ensure that you enter your thirties in tip-top shape, ensure that you have at least three consecutive nights without alcohol, you stop smoking, and that you eat the recommended five veg and two fruit servings a day.
This is typically the time you enter parenthood, and all the exhaustion (and joy!), that it brings. If you’re not getting much sleep, or your eating patterns are irregular, make an effort to do the right thing, the majority of the time. This means eating a protein-based breakfast (such as scrambled eggs), drinking at least 1.5litres of water a day, a healthy lunch of grains, proteins and fresh salad ingredients, and a balanced dinner. Portion size is important during this time, so always check your servings. If you feel that your energy levels need a boost, despite eating healthily, consider a supplement such as Ubiquinol, which can help you during your daily regime.
In your 50s and above
More than one in three Australians over the age of 45 have unmanaged or uncontrolled high blood pressure, and two in five Australians (aged 45 and over) have high cholesterol levels. These alarming statistics can lead to early death, heart disease, stroke and other heart problems. To avoid such a diagnosis, make sure that you’re exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, and that your plate is filled mainly with fresh vegetables and the correct-size protein serving. If your energy levels are flagging, or you are taking statins for high cholesterol, then supplementing with Ubiquinol is recommended. As our own ubiquinol levels decline as we age, it’s a good idea to top up your stores to ensure your body is happy, healthy and strong for the coming years.