In this day and age, all we hear about is how bad drinking is for us. It is labeled as particularly bad for our heart health. We are supposed to be able to drink moderately, but what is moderate? Some studies have recently proven that drinking moderately can reduce chances of heart attacks in men.
Other studies claim that men who are low on Vitamin D may also be at a higher risk for a heart attack. In fact, being low on Vitamin D can mean a lot of problems for a lot of people. Researchers have now attributed Vitamin D deficiency to producing all types of physical problems. You can get Vitamin D by simply sitting in the sun. You, of course, want to make sure that you are wearing plenty of sunscreen and don’t spend more than 15 or 20 minutes a day in the sun. One research study showed that sitting in the sun for just 20 minutes a day during the warm summer months was enough Vitamin D to last a body all year round.
So, drink plenty of milk, put on your sunscreen and get at least 20 minutes of sun a day in order to prevent heart attack! A research study, which was published in Archives of Internal Medicine (June 9 issue) definitely links sunshine Vitamin D to heart attack prevention in men.
In addition to getting Vitamin D from sitting in the sun and drinking Vitamin D enriched milk, you can also get Vitamin D from enriched foods. The reason you can get Vitamin D from sitting in the sun is because when our bodies get more sun, they naturally produce Vitamin D. A man who has 15 ng/mL or less in his system is considered to be deficient in Vitamin D. Even just a moderate deficiency in Vitamin D may put a man at a higher risk for heart attack. For men who are over the age of 50, they may need to take Vitamin D supplements.
Staying physically fit can seriously decrease heart attack risk for most men. Research has shown that staying in shape can dramatically reduce the death toll for heart attack victims. Staying physically fit can reduce a man’s risk for heart attack by as much as 50 %, regardless of his cholesterol levels.
Symptoms of men and women can be different. Here are some symptoms which a heart attack victim may experience:
- Chest pain or pressure: Many people describe this as a feeling of happiness. If this type of feeling lasts for more than a few minutes and the feelings do not go away when you rest or sit down, this is a very common symptom, which should not be ignored. If you are seeking this type of symptom, you should seek immediate medical attention. This symptom does not always indicate that someone is having a heart attack, however, it must be fully evaluated.
- Pain, which spreads to the back, shoulders, neck, jaw or arms.
- Chest pain accompanied by feelings of dizziness, faintness, or shorness of breath.