11. Obesity

Obesity

Obesity has been mentioned in a few other points; this is because it plays a subtle but significant role in heart trouble (and other health problems). What makes obesity such a concern is the fact that it exacerbates other conditions. Extra weight puts more stress on the joints, for example. It can also contribute to inflammation and increases the chance of developing diabetes. Additionally, excess weight strains the heart and is generally accompanied by high cholesterol and blood pressure (which all exacerbate one another). If you’re obese or overweight, try to exercise more and make changes to your diet.

10. Inadequate Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables

When it comes to eating healthy, you may be wondering where to start. Generally, a colorful plate makes more a more balanced diet. The body needs a variety of nutrients, many of which are only found at significant levels in fruits and vegetables. Fruits, for example, tend to be high in fiber and natural sugars. Certain vegetables are high in various minerals, such as calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Furthermore, potassium is an important mineral found in many fruits and vegetables. It protects the body from cardiovascular disease by making the blood vessels more supple and flexible, which reduces blood pressure.

9. Excess Sugar

Sugar

While sugar is necessary for the body in small amounts, too much can easily spell trouble. For starters, high amounts of sugar add empty calories, leading to obesity and potentially diabetes. As such, extra sugar can contribute to higher blood pressure as well as heart disease, something that has been backed by research. It’s harder than you think to avoid added sugars, as they are present in a lot of dessert items, but also juices and snacks. Consider cinnamon as an alternative sweetener, and eat sweet snacks and desserts in moderation.

Related: 10 Devious Effects of High Blood Sugar
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