Not smoking and limiting alcohol use also are recommended.
“In addition to improving the diet through better food choices and engaging in regular physical activity, Oklahomans should have their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers checked regularly,” Horn said.
Though heart disease is considered a “man's disease” by some people, Horn said, it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, accounting for 25 percent of all female deaths.
“Men and women who have no symptoms can still be a risk for heart disease,” Horn explained. “A large majority of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.”
The Oklahoma County Extension Service offers ongoing workshops and classes designed to help residents improve their nutrition. To access more information about nutrition issues, residents can download Oklahoma State University fact sheets at osufacts.okstate.edu.
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We may not be able to avoid some risk factors that are hereditary, but we can all improve our health by learning to eat better.”
Registered dietitian and a family and consumer sciences educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service