Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer. Over 17 million people die each year from a range of cardiovascular diseases. Some are hereditary, but the majority are a result of inactivity, stress, smoking, alcohol abuse or an unhealthy diet. In many cases, it is caused by multiple factors.
Unfortunately, those of us living as expats are also at risk. Stressful desk jobs combined with lots of opportunity to eat and drink, leave us open to developing heart problems. Heat further compounds the issue, as blood thickens in hot weather. Expats who spend a lot of time outdoors in warm climates may be at further risk.
Research conducted in the United Arab Emirates on locals and expats showed those living in the Middle Eastern country were more likely to develop heart disease twenty years before those in the US or Europe.
No matter where you are living as an expat, there are many things you can do to improve the health of your heart including exercising more and eating the right food. Technology can help you get, and stay, motivated. There are many apps that will help you monitor your diet, exercise and the health of your heart.