2016 has been a year of loss for many well-known names in literature, music, television, and film. What is the connection between celebrity deaths and our own health concerns?
Many of the beloved names and faces that passed away were in their 40s or older, which is when the risk of heart disease increases. A few notable names of celebrities that have passed away from heart-related complications are Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds, Alan Thicke, and George Michaels.
These deaths are impactful to us as a society as we follow these individuals through their work, their lives, and their relationships and we feel connected. But we should also realize that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. As you age, your risk increases, and complications and lifestyle choices could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Some of the most common conditions which may affect your heart are hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol and cardiomyopathy.
As celebrities, many of these people are under stress and pressure from being in the public eye, continuously working on their careers, as well as handling day-to-day life. Their wealth and notoriety do not exclude them from the potential of heart-related health risks.
The best way to reduce the risk of heart disease is by making positive lifestyle changes and the use of dietary supplements. Both celebrities and the average person alike would benefit from a daily routine of cardio exercises, a plan of healthy meals, and vitamins that benefit heart health.
As we move into 2017 and remember all of those who were lost this past year, those we grew up watching and followed through the media, it is a chance to realize that heart disease can affect anyone at any age. Make this year, a year of change, a time to take measures for preventative care and get your health on track!