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Ageology, Chicago’s premier anti-aging network, celebrates American Heart Month and encourages men and women to make heart-healthy changes.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2008, heart disease contributed to 1 in 4 deaths in the United States alone. At Ageology, we want you to live a long and fabulous life, so here are a few tips for reducing your risk for developing heart disease.

Eat for your heart – Poor diet is one of the main contributors to the development of heart disease, particularly if you eat a lot of red meat and fast food.

Reduce the amount of fat, salt, and sugar in your diet and nurture your heart by including more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Jump for joy – More specifically, increase your physical activity. Even something as simple as walking 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. In addition to gaining a stronger heart and body, exercise has anti-aging properties and can help you look and feel younger longer.

Laugh more – It may seem too simple to work, but laughing can help you live longer. Laughing reduces stress, which is one of the major contributors to heart disease. It also improves blood flow and makes the blood vessels function more effectively. A good hearty laugh relaxes your whole body, boosts your immune system, and triggers the release of endorphins.

This month, be your own Valentine. Start implementing these heart-healthy changes today, so you can live, love, and laugh for a lifetime. For more anti-aging tips, schedule an appointment with an Ageology Physician today, or join us on Facebook.