Benefits of a healthy heart – how to prevent heart diseases
Did you know that your heart beats somewhere around 2.5 billion times total throughout your life?
With each beat, your heart performs its role of pumping blood and carrying the most important nutrients throughout your body. Depending on how well you take care of your heart’s health, it can beat for many years – or it can fail at an early age.
There are many reasons why you should make sure you have a healthy heart. In this article, you’ll learn all the benefits of a healthy heart and ways to ensure you keep it that way.
What happens if you don’t look after your heart?
The human heart has chambers, doors, and even its own pumping system – you can think of it as a small-sized house. When your home is tidy you feel better, calmer, you have more energy… When your heart is in good shape, you feel the same.
However, when you don’t take proper care of your heart, you can face various problems such as:
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
Cardiovascular diseases reduce your life expectancy and can bring a lot of discomfort in your everyday life.
5 benefits of a healthy heart
Dahna is here to help you keep your heart in top shape. Through a balanced nutrition and menus tailored to your body’s specific needs, the app helps you greatly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Here are some of the biggest benefits of a healthy heart, which can easily be achieved with the help of Dahna:
You’ll improve your life expectancy
Heart diseases still remain one of the biggest global causes of early death.
On top of reducing your life expectancy, heart conditions will bring a lot of problems to your daily life. You will struggle with low energy levels and will find it increasingly difficult to live your life to the fullest. On top of that, you will deal with lots of doctor visits, which can be uncomfortable, expensive and time-consuming.
When it comes to heart diseases, prevention is a lot easier than treatment. Studies have shown that up to 80% of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as:
- maintaining a healthy diet
- reducing alcohol consumption
- moving regularly
You’ll lower your body’s ‘bad’ cholesterol levels
In your body, you can find these two types of cholesterol:
- HDL cholesterol – the good cholesterol
- LDL cholesterol – bad cholesterol
Fatty diets, a sedentary lifestyle, and major weight gain are all factors which can lead to increased levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to blocked arteries, increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The good news is, an active lifestyle and healthy nutrition are enough to drastically reduce these risks.
You’ll lower your risk of diabetes
Through healthy lifestyle choices like those promoted by the Dahna app, you can prevent many other health problems, not just cardiovascular disease.
For example, eating a healthy diet and exercising frequently has been linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
You’ll improve your mental health
It’s a well-known fact that movement and physical exercise have positive effects on your physical health, but also your mental health. In some cases, sports can be just as effective in fighting depression as antidepressants or therapy.
Frequent physical exercise also reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body and secretes endorphins, which help you feel calmer and happier in your day to day life.
You’ll have a positive impact on those around you
When you start prioritising your heart health, you are setting yourself up as a role model to others. Friends and family will feel inspired by your choices and adopt a healthier lifestyle as well. This can lead to a healthier community. Even more, it can help reduce the enormous burden of heart diseases on the Romanian healthcare system.
In our country, life expectancy in 2020 was the second lowest in the EU, and in 2018 cardiovascular disease was the biggest cause of death. A clear change is needed on a societal level – and this change can start with you.