Preventative care is an important part of overall health. Many severe health issues are the culmination of a lifetime of poor self-care choices. Fortunately, there are a number of effective changes that you can make to improve your health and wellness. At Unimed Care Center, we are committed to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle and the disease prevention measures we instill are a large part of that.
Obesity and smoking are two of the biggest predictors for future health issues. When an individual is overweight or obese, the metabolic processes in the body don’t work as well as they should. In addition, obesity puts excessive strain on an individual’s immune system, lymphatic system, cardiovascular system, digestive system and more. At Unimed Care Center, part of our mission is our commitment to cutting edge knowledge in the prevention of diseases caused by smoking and obesity.
One of the best ways to prevent and manage obesity is through proper dietary decisions. While exercise is important for people of all ages, exercise on its own usually won’t help people lose weight. For example, the average calorie requirement for a sedentary male is 2,400 calories daily. However, a very active male is 2,800 calories daily. Exercise burns only a small number of calories each day. Instead, the vast number of calories we burn are used for internal physiological processes like respiration, circulation and more. That said, a lack of exercise can also cause significant health issues.
When making dietary choices to prevent future health issues, it’s important to avoid simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include white bread, white potatoes, sugar, cola, candy, cookies, brownies, pasta, cake and other foods with excessive amounts of flour. The consumption of these foods can lead to a dangerous increase in insulin levels. When insulin levels in the body are very high, the body stores fat. Excessive carbohydrates are one of the number one causes of obesity.
White fatty foods have been stigmatized in the past, new research shows that healthy fats aren’t necessarily bad for the body. Even saturated fats from butter, cheese and meat can be healthy in moderation. However, it’s important to avoid the consumption of trans-fat. Trans-fat is often found in margarine and some baked goods.
Heart attack, cancer, diabetes and stroke may be inevitable for some people, based on their unique genetics. However, it’s often possible to reduce the risk of these chronic diseases through the right lifestyle choices and through having a physician who is familiar with preventative medicine as all of our physicians are at Unimed Care Center.