Heart disease remains one of our nation’s greatest health threats. The most common type, coronary artery disease, occurs when plaque builds up in the blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the heart. This is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can greatly reduce your chance for heart disease — or slow the progression if you have had a heart attack — when you know the risk factors for heart disease. There are many factors that you can change: smoking, inactivity, being overweight or obese, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Seafood has protein, vitamins, and minerals that support growth and development, along with omega-3 fats that benefit your heart. However, some fish are safer than others due to the amount of mercury they contain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advise the following people to avoid eating fish high in mercury and to eat limited amounts of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury:
Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish all have high levels of mercury. Instead, choose fish that is low in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock, catfish, and canned light tuna.
Do you find that you have a hard time falling asleep, only to feel tired and need to sleep during the day? Or perhaps you fall asleep early — at 8 p.m. or earlier — and find yourself awake between 3 and 5 a.m.?
Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, there are steps you can take to reset your biological clock and get better rest.
Tips for night owls:
Tips for early birds:
As a Kaiser Permanente member, you can choose from a variety of healthy living classes at little or no cost. Below is a partial list for the upcoming month in your area.
To register for InStep and nutrition classes, call the appointment line at 703-359-7878 or
1-800-777-7904, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For prenatal classes, speak with your obstetrician/gynecologist to register. For all other classes, call the health education automated line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 301-816-6565 or 1-800-444-6696. Please leave a message and someone will call you back within 24 business hours.
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. 2101 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, Maryland 20852
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