As a woman with many roles—mother, wife, and daughter—we always want to make sure our immediate family members’ health is at its best. The Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) has released data that one out of two Filipino adults have borderline to high cholesterol levels, justifying our roles as the health watcher of the house. 

Alarming numbers

According to the eighth National Nutrition Survey, there is an increase from 28 percent in 2003 to 47.2 percent in 2013 of Filipinos above 20 years old with the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases. We know how much Filipinos love to eat, so this particular statistic wasn’t as surprising but it is alarming.

But this doesn’t mean we just let things be. We have to make sure that we choose the right food to keep all our family members healthy and happy. Unfortunately, high cholesterol levels do not have physical symptoms, it surprises us with serious heart diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Worrying about these possible implications of high cholesterol and heart issues can wreak havoc on the whole family’s emotional wellbeing and even financial status, disrupting the quality of life that we are currently enjoying.

Good heart rate helps

Getting regular check-ups can be quite challenging this lockdown, but an easier way to keep track of our family’s good health is to check their resting heart rate. According to the Harvard Medical School, the resting heart rate can serve as a basis for measuring blood pressure and cholesterol, eventually identifying potential health problems in the near future. Mayoclinic notes that the normal resting heart rate for adults is in the range of 60 to 100 beats per minute. The higher the number means that the heart is working faster, taking a toll on your body.

“In certain cases, a lower resting heart rate can mean a higher degree of physical fitness, which is associated with reduced rates of cardiac events like heart attacks,” says Dr. Jason Wasfy, Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center’s Director of Quality and Analystics. “A high resting heart rate could be a sign of an increased risk of cardiac risk in some situations, as the more beats your heart has to take eventually takes a toll on its overall function.”

So how does one get started in successfully maintaining this healthy lifestyle? Healthline.com recommends working out four to five times a week, but we can start off with two to three days per week, slowly working our way up to a more frequent five-day-a-week routine. 

Choosing what we eat is also very critical to living a healthy life. According to the World Health Organization, a minimum of 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day should be part of one’s daily diet. Unfortunately, Agdeppa’s studies revealed that only 4.2 percent of Filipino adults eat this much fruits and vegetables which means that we need to add more of these in our daily food intake. 

A healthy balanced meal, paired with Del Monte Heart Smart, can make meals better and more enjoyable. Del Monte Heart Smart 100 percent Pineapple Juice Drink contains Reducol® a blend of stanols and sterols, which may help lower cholesterol. According to a study, taking two servings of Del Monte Heart Smart daily may help lower cholesterol in eight weeks together with a balanced diet and exercise. 

Good cholesterol management can be achieved with these simple tips and they can be easily incorporated into our everyday lives, just like including Del Monte Pineapple Juice Heart Smart in our daily meals. 

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Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/26/be-still-my-heart/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=be-still-my-heart)