Preventing Heart Disease in Young Adults

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Medical technology and our understanding shutterstock_59836078of health has greatly improved over the last few decades. Despite the improvements, many people are still at risk for heart disease. According to recent research, young adults in particular have shown a slower decline in obesity-related death rates compared to the 65 and older population,.

Risk Factors

Heart disease is a condition usually associated with older adults. However, the rates of obesity and diabetes in younger populations are rising. The risk factors for heart disease in young adults are the same as any age group:

  • Obesity
  • Diagnosis of diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Diet lacking in nutrients
  • Smoking/drug use

However, young adults are more prone to other issues that may contribute to heart disease as well. These factors may include stress or and psychological issues like depression.

Improving Heart Health

The upside to diagnosing heart disease in young adults is that many symptoms of heart problems are reversible with enough time. Young adults will often be able to improve their health condition with a few lifestyle changes:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Reduction in alcohol use/smoking
  • Better dietary habits over the long term
  • Psychological counseling for young adults struggling with depression or eating disorders

Early detection of problems is an important part of improving the quality of heart health in young adults. Prevention is a key part of slowing the incidence of heart problems. This is particularly true in populations that have their entire lives ahead of them to make positive and possibly life-saving changes.