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.

Know Your Waist Circumference

Many weight loss programs focus on BMI as a measure of healthy weight, but waist circumference has been recognized as being just as important. Where your weight is distributed affects how it influences your health. Fat that sits around your waist is more likely to predispose you to health problems. Men should have a waist circumference of less than 37 inches. Women should be below 32 inches. To figure this out, get a measuring tape and wrap it around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone and parallel to the floor.

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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