Healthy eating is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease in women. Unfortunately, about 45 percent of U.S. deaths caused by heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are because of poor dietary habits, such as high sodium intake, high sugary drink consumption and low intake of fruits and vegetables. Here’s a few startling facts:
- Too much sodium can raise blood pressure, and high blood pressure raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
- Sugary drink consumption is directly linked to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In fact, having one more sugary drink each day can increase women’s risk of heart disease by 17 percent.
The American Heart Association supports policies that:
- Promote healthy eating in work places and schools
- Encourage food producers, restaurants and retail establishments to make healthy choices widely available and more affordable, particularly in underserved rural and urban areas
- Provide Americans with guidance to make informed decisions about healthy eating
To learn more about the nutrition policies supported by the Association, visit: Federal Priorities - Nutrition.