How To Maintain Your Personal Health?
During your annual exam, you, and your practitioner, can review your daily health habits, discuss concerns, update your immunizations, and develop a treatment plan to achieve long-term personal health.
Know Your Family History
Your family history can be a strong indicator of diseases you may be at risk for. Cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and psychiatric illnesses are just a few diagnoses that have been proven to run in families. Be sure your doctor is aware of your family history.
Keep Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in Check
Hypertension(high blood pressure) and hypercholesterolemia(high cholesterol) can cause changes in your blood vessels that can lead to serious, life-threatening illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease or stroke. To keep your levels under control, you should…
- Maintain a healthy weight, diet, and exercise routine.
- Regular monitoring can alert you, and your practitioner, to changes.
- Take your medications exactly as prescribed.
- Eat Healthy, Drink Plenty of Water, Exercise
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intense physical exercise every week.
Drinking eight, 8 oz glasses of water a day is an excellent guideline.
Just remember, increased sweating and exercise may require you to drink a bit more.
The CDC recommends adding plenty of fruits and vegetables to your diet, as well as, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meats, fish, and poultry. Try to avoid saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.
Know the difference between clean eating and organic eating.
Discuss diet options with your doctor in order to make informed choices that suit your lifestyle, culture, allergies, and personal health needs.
Always ask your doctor what “trends” are worth following, and what are worth disregarding.
Your health is important. Be sure you have health habits that are personalized to suit your needs.
Always check with your doctor/practitioner before starting any new diet/exercise plan.