You can’t control your genetics and you can’t always control your environment, but how you treat your body has a direct impact on your overall health and quality of life. Make healthy choices when it comes to diet, exercise, sleep, and condition-specific requirements. Nurture the mind-body connection. Practice relaxation and stress reducing techniques like imagery, deep breathing, meditation, and massage. You have but one body to carry you through this life — treat it with respect. Think about how your actions impact your body.
Partner with Your Doctor
We need to work together with our doctors. We can’t afford to be passive or hang on to doctors who aren’t meeting our needs. If your doctor discourages your questions or doesn’t answer them to your satisfaction, search for a doctor who believes in a balanced doctor-patient relationship.
Be prepared to share important information with your doctor. Be upfront about complementary medicines and lifestyle habits. Bring notes and take notes. Do some research on your own, but be sure you’re getting information from reliable sources. If your doctor wants to order additional tests, ask why. What is there to gain? Are there any alternatives? When and how will you receive the results? It’s okay to get a second opinion, especially if you’re diagnosed with a major condition that will require special care.
It’s your body. Your life. Your right to participate in your medical care. Good doctors embrace this idea.
Love Your Heart
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. In the United States, about 600,000 people die from heart disease every year. Top risk factors include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking.
Give your heart the TLC it deserves! Protect it with a healthy diet low in salt, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Exercise regularly. Don’t smoke.
Get Screened for Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 29.1 million Americans had diabetes in 2012, up from 25.8 million in 2010. Of that 29.1 million, it is estimated that 8.1 million were undiagnosed. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney problems.
Ask your doctor if you should be screened for diabetes. You can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by exercising regularly and maintaining a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits.
Be Rx Smart
Americans take a lot of meds. Some can save your life, but others aren’t truly necessary. When your doctor takes out the prescription pad, it’s time to ask questions. What is the medication for? What are the benefits? How long has it been on the market? What are the potential risks and side effects? How long will I need to take it? Is it habit-forming? Will it interfere with other meds I take? Ask what your alternatives are!
If you do take prescription medications, you’ll want to keep up with drug recalls and patient safety concerns. Two ways to do that are to subscribe to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Alerts and the American Recall Center’s Patient Safety Alerts.
Always read package information carefully and follow directions. Report problems to your doctor immediately. And please keep ALL medications safely stored where children cannot access them.
None of this guarantees perfect health, of course. Life happens. People get hurt and diseases develop despite our best efforts, but good health habits allow us to face those challenges from a position of strength. And feeling good…isn’t that the crux of it all?
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