The Size of the Waistline, Heart Risk and Sexual Health

Many of us judge our heart by how we are on the bathroom scale. If we are a healthy weight we assume the heart is in good shape. A few of us have realized it's every more technical and that we need to measure the waist, the inches (or centimeters) relative to measurement of your hip, your body composition, and the overall balance of your metabolism's handling of your fats and carbs. It really not just the scale that lets you know how healthy the heart is. And yet the scale is an important component. The waist measures the deep fat around our organs, and gives a clue to the levels of blood fats in our circulation. Too big a waist is not healthy for heart or circulation, especially if your waist is approaching the measurement of your hips, or even larger! How to get to that correct waistline is a further dilemma, and we are back to thinking that lower carb diets may help that the best. But you most certainly do not have to be slim to be fit. You need to exercise, eat well, lower the level of inflammation in your blood, raise the levels of good fats as opposed to bad fats, have the nutrition levels of vitamins that are appropriate----and still be the best weight you can. For women gynos we see healthy hearts as healthy circulation and healthy blood flow to vital sexual organs. Many parts of our body function better if you have healthy circulation. Did you know that uterine bleeding and your sex drive is probably affected by the levels of cardiovascular health? In fact studies are beginning to show that medications such as hormone treatments, surgical treatments such as endometrial ablations, as well as aspects of pregnancy are improved by improving our cardiovascular health. Blood flow to your pelvic organs, by way of the healthiest of blood vessels is how the two are linked.  For optimal cardiovascular health you want the least number of factors that would contribute to plaque build up in your veins. Build up of plaque will compromise the circulation and the oxygen flow to your pelvis and the pelvic organs. This means normal cholesterol, healthy number of lipid particles, and triglyceride levels, the levels of insulin and blood sugar in your blood, less smoking, excellent kidney function, low levels of blood inflammation, as well as a normal blood pressure will all contribute to heart health and sexual health. Beyond the mere measurement of cholesterol cannot tell you enough information to make positive changes in your nutrition and diet to help you be healthy. At Women's Health Practice we suggest that you need more detailed evaluation, you want to know the levels of inflammation in your blood, and how you are processing your sugar, and information about vitamin and nutrient levels. There are many other ways to gauge heart health. But a few blood tests can be a simple way to get you started on the right path.


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