|Take care of diabetes
If you have diabetes, regular exercise, weight control, a low-fat diet and regular doctor visits are important.
|Eat a low-fat diet
Keep fat calories to 30% or less of the total calories you eat during a day and avoid saturated fat (the fat in meats and coconut oil). Olive oil actually has anti-aging properties.
|Be aware of chest pain
Be sure to contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from pain in your chest, shoulder, neck or jaw.
|Know your family history
Make sure your doctor knows about your family history.
|Control your cholesterol
Cholesterol can clog your arteries and keep your heart from getting the blood it needs. This can cause a heart attack.
|Control your blood pressure
Your heart moves blood through your body. If it is hard for your heart to do this, your heart works harder, and your blood pressure will rise.
If you smoke, try to quit. If you're having trouble quitting, there are products and programs that can help.
|Maintain a healthy weight
Among U.S. women 20 years and older, over 64 million are overweight and over 34 million are obese.
Exercise can help lower LDL ("bad cholesterol") and raise HDL ("good cholesterol").