Father's Day & Men’s Health Concern #1: Heart Disease
When speaking of heart disease, or Cardiovacular disease, we mean various conditions that include:
- Coronary artery disease (including heart attack)
- Abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Pericardial disease
- Aorta disease and Marfan syndrome
- Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)
As with all the health concerns, the most important thing it to learn how to prevent heart disease, first because it is easier to address but of course none of us want to experience the concerns in ourselves or loved ones. In most cases minor changes can greatly decrease the chances of encountering the concern. most if which do not require medication unless you are already at risk for the condition and then it may be he best option. The same goes for heart disease. . With heart disease there are five non-medication strategies for prevention:
- Don't smoke
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day
- Eat a heart-health diet
- Maintain a healthy weight (which comes from above)
- Get regular screenings
I have one - yes just one - tip to get around that. Use fresh herbs. As I said above - I used to love salt. I put it on everything and lots of it. As I started cooking more and more, and better and better, I began to use more dried herbs but I still found I needed to add salt to enhance the herbs. Then I began to buy fresh cut herbs at the grocery store and recently we added an herb garden in the back yard and I have removed salt in most cooking except those that need it for the cooking aspect - such as some baking - and rarely salt my own cooked food on the plate.
So for Father's Day, if you haven't gotten a gift yet - or even as an add-on - think about giving an herb such as a pot of rosemary, or even a larger pot with multiple herbs. Now, that may sound more like a Mother's Day gift - a plant - but what is more manly that helping make his strongest muscle stronger, for longer. If you cook for him, you can use some of the herbs and show him how the food can taste with less fat and salt with fresh herbs adding the flavor.
Happy Father's Day to my own father and all the fathers out there. My own father has been an inspiration for me - his big heart has instilled in me my sense of community service and that almost compulsion to come to the aid of family and friends - even strangers - when they are in need that me and I of my siblings suffer.
My dad is my example of the Well-Met Man.