How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Follow these steps to lower your cholesterol, blood pressure and other numbers associated with heart health.

How to Get Healthier Heart Numbers

Your heart is central to staying healthy well into old age. The stronger it is and the better it beats, the better you’ll feel as you get older. Learn how you can keep your heart healthy in the years to come by knowing your numbers and following a few simple steps.

Check Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes is one of the major contributors to heart disease. The high levels of sugar in the blood damage the vessels that feed the heart and can cause higher rates of heart attack. Your doctor can check your blood sugar and do a test called hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) that shows what your average blood sugar has been over the past three months. Your blood sugar in the morning before you eat anything should be less than 100mg/dL. Your HbA1C should be less than 5.7%.

5 Things to Say (& Not to Say) If You See Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

Talking to them about it may be uncomfortable, but it's important not to put it off.

Tackling the issue of dementia when it affects someone near and dear is very difficult, and it is hard to know how to discuss the subject with your affected loved one. However, it is important not to put it off. Just try to make sure it is a gentle encounter — for both of you.

Here are the experts' recommendations on having the first talk.

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