Turns out, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” doesn’t just ring true when you need a ride to the airport or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a shoulder to cry on. A new study shows it also applies to the health of your heart—not your broken, pining for Ben & Jerry’s, heart, but your real anatomical heart, The Atlantic reports.
Back in May, we told you guys about a huge study out of Penn that showed, despite what previous research might’ve told us, red wine isn’t actually good for our cardiovascular health. Like, at all. Not even a little bit. (Insert emoji bawling hysterically here).
But that heartbreaking news (sorry—I just couldn’t resist) hasn’t stopped us Pennsylvanians from buying it: Recent data collected by Naked Wines shows that Pennsylvanians purchase red wine a whopping 60 percent of the time, and only opt for white wine a measly 30 percent of the time, The Washington Post reports.
We all know we’re supposed to eat less salt for the sake of our hearts. But as you go to add one more shake to that steak, chances are you’re thinking: How much difference can it really make?
As it turns out, a lot.
You may have heard that February is American Heart Month. (Hint: It’s why half your coworkers are wearing red today.) Heart disease—a fairly broad term that encompasses the many health problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries—is the number one cause of death among women and men in the United States. An estimated 600,000 people die each year from the disease.
Startled? You should be. But what’s even more startling to me is the fact that, in large part, this disease is preventable—and yet there are so many people who are doing nothing to prevent it.