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Medwatch-Modifying your lifestyle to reduce heart disease

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -We know that heart disease is the number one killer, and it's still on the rise in men and women. It turns out, people aren't modifying their lifestyles to reduce their risks. This is a growing problem right here in Oklahoma.

When it comes to health statistics, Oklahoma is at the bottom of the list. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma is ranked 49th at the national state health level, and sixth for the worst state for adult obesity. Oklahoma is leading most of the nation in deaths from cardiovascular disease.

"Oklahoma is a very unhealthy state, we typically will rank in the lower 10 states in the nation for health. It has to do with our lifestyles here. We tend to have a higher rate of obesity, higher rate of diabetes, higher rate of smoking and all of that translates into a greater risk of cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Ronald Woodson, cardiologist at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Woodson says a combination of poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity are the major causes of Oklahoma's health issues.

"Two-thirds of our population is either overweight or obese, and that directly relates to not enough activity, too much food, smoking plays into that…a lot of different reasons why in our state we are overweight," Dr. Woodson said.

So, how can we reverse these trends? You can start by eating well-balanced meals, monitoring portion sizes, increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, getting regular physical activity and of course quitting smoking.

"I think if people knew more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle can achieve as far as a longer, healthier life, better weight, better blood pressure better blood sugars better breathing. I think if people educated themselves about it, I think we could make great end roads as a state," Dr. Woodson said.

The time to get started is now. Dr. Woodson says to make those lifestyle changes and protect your heart because it could save your life.

In other heart month news, mark your calendar for the healthy heart screenings which will be held on Feb. 29 and March 1 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Oakwood Conference Center. The screening is $20 and includes A1C, good, bad and total cholesterol, triglycerides and heart risk assessment. To make an appointment, call 580-585-5406.

The Good Hearted Woman luncheon will be held on Monday, Feb. 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the Maple Conference Room. The cost is $5 and cardiologist Dr. Woodson will be speaking about women and heart disease. To make a reservation call, 580-585-5406.

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