Healthy Living:Overweight versus age and heart disease

There was a Heart to Heart Walk last Sunday and many people attended including my mother shangazi Rugina-to see my mother skip attending Sunday mass then it is something very important, in fact she is such a loyal person who follows heart to heart activities with a passion every year-that she always says if given an opportunity to award someone, that person would be Dr. Mucumbitsi for the good work he does for his people of Rwanda. The brain behind this noble cause of Heart to Heart Foundation is none other than one Dr.Mucumbitsi. I saw on TV the big turn out of people, in fact this year got better because those who attended were not only given t-shirts and caps as is the norm, but were added a free voucher to attend Shapemaster gymnasium in Kimihurura for seven days.

There was a Heart to Heart Walk last Sunday and many people attended including my mother shangazi Rugina-to see my mother skip attending Sunday mass then it is something very important, in fact she is such a loyal person who follows heart to heart activities with a passion every year-that she always says if given an opportunity to award someone, that person would be Dr. Mucumbitsi for the good work he does for his people of Rwanda. The brain behind this noble cause of Heart to Heart Foundation is none other than one Dr.Mucumbitsi. I saw on TV the big turn out of people, in fact this year got better because those who attended were not only given t-shirts and caps as is the norm, but were added a free voucher to attend Shapemaster gymnasium in Kimihurura for seven days.

Talk of heart matters, I remember reading in the papers about a fashion show for plus size women, and one 20 year old girl said she weighs 120kgs and is healthy. I kept wondering the whole week about what exactly this fashion show was promoting? While the likes of Dr. Joseph Mucumbitsi and Dr. Nathan Ruhamya of King Faisal Hospital are busy encouraging people to lead healthy lives by eating healthy, doing sports and reducing weight because of the rampant growth of heart disease cases in the country, others are busy saying it is okay to be overweight with all the risks notwithstanding?

I pray that these young girls, who participated in the fashion show read this article. Well, pray that as of now you are still healthy, because the consequences of being overweight are the likes of diabetes and high blood pressure, but the greatest of all being heart disease. Heart disease is a number of abnormal conditions affecting the heart and the blood vessels in the heart. Types of heart disease include coronary artery disease, heart failure and arrhythymia. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease, a narrowing or blockage of coronary arteries, which is the major reason people have heart attacks.
Overweight is considered a major risk factor for both coronary heart disease and heart attack.

Being 20% overweight or more significantly increases your risk for developing heart disease, especially if you have a lot of abdominal fat. The American Heart Association has found that even if you have no other related health conditions, being overweight increases risk of heart disease.
In fact women are at a higher risk, especially inactive females are more likely to become diabetic, have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. All three of these conditions increase the chance of developing heart disease.
Those who are overweight have two or more risk factors and should lose weight to decrease their risk for heart disease. Your waist circumference is the measurement of your waist, just above your navel. It is a good predictor of abdominal fat, a risk factor for heart disease.

This risk increases with a waist measurement of over 40 inches in men and over 35 inches in women
It is not easy to reduce weight especially for a person who is over 120kgs, but starting on a low pace exercise by reducing your weight by just 10% can help to lower your risk of developing heart disease, a healthy diet is also an important part of lowering your risk of heart disease and saving yourself from early death. If I had a way of contacting these young and beautiful ladies, my advice would be to enrol in a gymnasium and taking part in different sports so that they reduce their weight.

Dr Mucumbitsi is always on his toes arranging with heart specialists from abroad to come in the country to perform heart surgeries for free at least three times a year, it is therefore up to us to also help him. Salute to Dr.Mucumbitsi and Dr. Nathan Ruhamya for the good work!

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