TREAT SLEEP AP­NEA TO PRO­TECT YOUR HEART

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

Snor­ing loudly enough to wake mem­bers of your house­hold is one sign that you have sleep ap­nea — a disor­der that re­peat­edly in­ter­rupts your breath­ing through­out the night. Dis­rupted breath­ing and low blood oxy­gen lev­els could in­crease the risk for coro­nary artery disease, heart at­tack, stroke, heart fail­ure and sud­den death. Proven ther­a­pies to re­duce heart disease risk: Lower your blood pres­sure, blood su­gar, and choles­terol lev­els with diet, ex­er­cise and medicine, if needed. Lose weight if you are over­weight. Quit smok­ing if you smoke. Ex­er­cise for at least 30 min­utes on most days of the week. Eat a healthy diet that’s high in fruits and veg­eta­bles, lean pro­tein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains, and low in sat­u­rated and trans fat, su­gar and salt. Prac­tice re­lax­ation tech­niques like med­i­ta­tion and yoga.

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