Link Found Between Migraines and Heart Disease

Sept13Heart.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE: Eighteen percent of people living in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Today, researchers find the women who suffer from migraines are 50 percent more likely to also suffer from heart disease during their lifetime.

MAKING CHANGES:  Heart disease is a significant primary and secondary health problem. Making just small changes each day can reduce your risk of experiencing the condition responsible for the early death of many people.

FACT OR FICTION: Do you need a quick one-line joke to defuse a situation? Here are a couple you’ll be sure to remember.


In The News

In a study of more than 100,000 women, researchers found that those who suffered from migraine headaches had a 50 percent greater chance of suffering from heart disease, heart attack or stroke.

Physicians already knew migraines were linked to strokes. The research was a combined effort of scientists from Germany, Harvard Medical School and Washington University School of Medicine.

The research found consistent associations between migraines and heart disease in women, but thus far the researchers are not sure if the results are relevant to men.



Daily Health Tip

Although migraines increase your risk by 50 percent for heart attack, heart disease or stroke, it is not an absolute that a migraine will lead to heart disease. Make changes to your daily choices to reduce your potential.


Making Changes

Making small changes can result in big differences in the long-run.

1. Stop smoking. Tobacco and the multiple other chemicals included in cigarettes increase your risk for cancer and heart disease.

2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Don’t spend all your time during the rest of the day in a chair. If you sit for 8 hours after working out, you will complete remove the benefits of exercise. Get up at least every 20 minutes from your chair to stretch, walk and just get your blood moving.

3. Stay hydrated. Your whole body works better when you are fully hydrated. It’s simple, easy and free.

4. Reduce your stress levels. Find a stress reducing activity that you enjoy - whether it’s yoga, exercise, reading, praying, meditating or talking with friends. Find something you can use to reduce the stress in your life.

5. Eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. Carbohydrates metabolize into sugar in your body, increasing your inflammatory response, increasing your cholesterol levels and increasing your risk of heart disease. Healthy fats are found in coconut oil, avocado, pastured eggs and organic, pastured meats.


Daily Affirmation

I clear my mind of negative emotions left over from past events. I forgive past injustices and those who hurt me. I meditate, pray, and even exercise to rid my body and mind of any stress.

My spirit remains strong despite the past.


Fact or Fiction?

Fun, silly and some riddle-iculous.

Q: What goes up and down but does not move?

A: Stairs

Q: Where should a 500 pound alien go?

A: On a diet

Q: What did one toilet say to the other?

A: You look a bit flushed.

Q: Why did the picture go to jail?

A: Because it was framed.

Q: What did one wall say to the other wall?

A: I'll meet you at the corner.

Q: What did the paper say to the pencil?

A: Write on!


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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