Advice from Dr. Smith
Many times, patients come in for their annual visit and I think to myself “What is something we can do today that will make the biggest difference in your health for the rest of your life? What can we do to make you the healthiest and happiest without becoming sick.”
Here are a few thoughts…
- Quit smoking. Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. Everyone knows it is difficult to quit. No one is going to get lectured or be judged. The question is “Would you like to quit?” If so, there are several things we can do together to help you kick the habit. Here are a couple of useful links for you.
- Diet/exercise/weight loss/nutrition. This is a complex topic but here are a few general tips. If you are drinking soda, pop, or juices and are overweight, STOP. Pay particular attention to liquid calories. One can a day of soda, juice, pop, Gatorade, beer, sweetened tea and the like can add up to 15 pounds of weight in a year. Multiply that by the amount of servings consumed each day. The best advice is to DRINK WATER.
Your calories and weight are like a bank account. The amount you take in minus the amount you burn off by exercise and your basal rate of metabolism.
As a general recommendation, eat small meals frequently, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors (red, yellow, green, orange, red etc.). Limit white foods that typically contain excessive carbohydrates (rice, noodles, potatoes, et al).
Diet and exercise. Diet and exercise. Diet and exerise. That is the mantra.
- Body Mass Index calculator – BMI calculator
- General diet and exercise information – medline
- Blood pressure. Contol of blood pressure over time is one of the best ways to lower your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and circulatory problems.
- High blood pressure – www.heart.org
- Control chronic conditions. Diabetes, heart failure, COPD (chronic bronchitis/emphysema) and coronary artery disease need to be managed. It is very difficult to take medications, take laboratory tests, and go to frequent appointments. However, for these types of conditions it takes hard work and coordinated care. There is so much we can do together to help you manage your health issues.
- American Heart Association – www.heart.org
- American Lung Association – www.lungusa.org
- American Diabetes Association – www.diabetes.org
- Consumer and patient health information – top 100 health web sites
- National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – www.cdc.gov
- The National Cancer Institute (NCI) – www.cancer.gov
- Harvard Health Publications – www.health.harvard.edu
- Washington University in St. Louis – your disease risk
- The Mayo Clinic – www.mayoclinic.com