Worried about your heart? Well you should be, because there’s a lot out there trying to punch it out of commission.
Bad diet, worse habits, and toxic stress can all take a toll on your ticker.
But do you want to hear something really crazy?
NONE of that stuff could be as bad as something you might not even realize you’re doing to yourself right now!
If you’re a worrier… if you’re nervous about your health and spend a little too much time obsessing over every little test and screening… you could actually CAUSE the very conditions you’re trying to avoid.
Yes, friend, in what just might be the world’s most terrible irony, worrying about your heart could actually help bring on heart problems.
“Health anxiety,” as researchers are calling it, will increase your risk of heart disease by 70 percent and DOUBLE your risk of chest pain or heart attack, when compared to folks who are more easygoing about the whole thing.
You don’t have to be a total hypochondriac to face these risks, either.
Most of the folks in the study are just concerned about their health and their risks — people who are healthy, but worry they might not stay that way.
I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like me!
So what can you do about it?
First, forget the dopes in the mainstream trying to dismiss you as the “worried well.” If you’re well, you SHOULD be worried… because once you let your guard down, that’s when you could expose yourself to risk.
Second, the study doesn’t WHY people worry so much… but you can bet that your doctor and the drug industry have something to do with it.
You can’t turn on the TV or radio or open a newspaper or magazine without seeing panic-inducing ads about all the risks you’re supposedly facing and all the drugs you need to “ask your doctor about” to avoid them.
When you “ask” him, of course he’ll play along and push the med your way.
So tune it out — all of it!
And third, don’t get too paranoid and crazy about your health. Find that happy zone right in the middle.
You want to be worried enough to be conscious of your risk — because we all face risk — and worried enough to keep motivated to cut that risk.
Just stick to the basics: Eat a good diet low in carbs and high in natural animal fats and proteins, take your vitamins every day, and make sure you’ve got a doc you can trust in your corner who won’t make you worry about the needless nonsense.