According to Lancet, the age-standardised death rates for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now higher than those of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined, with cardiovascular disease being the leading category of NCDs, especially in black women.
With 29 September being World Heart Day, UCOOK CEO, Peter Allerstorfer, challenges South Africans to reduce their risk of heart disease by living healthier lives.
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“The implications of a bad diet and stressful lifestyle are immense, affecting our overall health and quality of life,” he says.
“Simple changes in our everyday lives can make a substantial difference to our health and livelihood."
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He offers 5 lifestyle changes one can implement for a healthier heart.
Limit your consumption of alcohol
Manage your stress
Stress often leads to unhealthy behaviours – you console yourself with indulgent food choices, spending a little more time on the couch than usual and drinking more. Help to manage stress better by prepping meals weekly so that you don’t make unhealthy fast food choices, as well as setting yourself a reminder to go for a walk or take a breather to break the tension cycle.
Be conscious of your diet