American Heart Month – Get your rhythm and tea talk back

While heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for women, less than half of women in the United States have seen a GP or internist in the past year. This, coupled with the stress of the pandemic, is why today we have two doctors on AM Buffalo to share simple ways to help women get their groove back with tea talks.

Dr. Joy Dubost, Lipton’s dietician, says the pandemic has really had a profound impact on our cardiovascular health and our brain health. She says that one in five people say they are worse off physically and, above all, one in three people say they are worse off mentally. She goes on to say that during this pandemic with all the stress that has piled up on us, we don’t exercise as well, we don’t eat healthy, we drink more, we smoke more and all of these things lead to more. cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

Dr. Dubost says there is a strong connection between our mental health and our physical health, which is why we’re here to talk about all the positive benefits of taking care of our mental health and those social connections that somehow help so as to lubricate our sanity. .

Dr. Donna Arnett, former president of the American Heart Association, says tea talks are about getting into your groove. It really means engaging in a meaningful and open dialogue with your friends and family and potentially even your doctor about your health priorities, with your health needs particularly centered around heart health. Dr. Arnett says it’s really about having this conversation over a cup of unsweetened tea. She says the beauty of this is that it goes beyond just conversation, but also that unsweetened green or black tea, caffeinated, decaffeinated, hot or iced tea, 2-3 cups a day can support heart health. because that’s because it’s hydrating, zero calories and zero sugar, and naturally contains compounds called flavonoids that have been linked to heart health benefits. She says the key point here is that it’s unsweetened because we want to cut sugary drinks from the diet because it can actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Dubost says we are really asking women during Heart Month (February) to get your health back, get back on track, get back to prioritizing our own self-care and our own mental and physical health. It also includes visiting your primary care provider and embracing not only the physical aspects of a healthy lifestyle, but also the social and mental aspects that truly allow us to live our best life.

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