One example where men are at higher risk than women is heart disease – pre-menopausal women produce more of the hormone oestrogen than men, which is protective against heart disease. However, lifestyle factors also have a significant role to play. Your GP can help you by considering your family history, current lifestyle and test indicators to assess your personal risk, and help you to make positive changes for a healthier life!
Other ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke are:
- Get your cholesterol checked every five years
- If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, arrange with your GP to have these under control
- If you smoke, quit
- Try to get about 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week
- Avoid processed and packaged foods, and try to eat more fruits and vegetables