Women need to protect hearts early in life

Despite the fact that most studies seem to focus on men’s increased risks of heart disease, women would do well to try to prevent it too. And just as drinking tons of milk during menopause probably won’t reduce your risks of osteoporosis, physicians are now telling us we need to think about our hearts early in life, too.

I don’t think I can emphasize this enough. This particular study shows that stress can reduce estrogen levels; this process contributes to “a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels.” However, the damage can be reversed by reducing stress. I wonder if this is part of the reason exercise has so many health benefits. Sometimes, I can be wound up like a top, and I need a long run to relax me just so I can function properly. I hate to think of the damage to my blood vessels if I didn’t have that.