Beating Bad Genes with a Healthy Lifestyle
I hear it a lot from patients, "The problem runs in my family so I can't do anything about it." Not true I say! An example is new evidence regarding heart disease is showing that even a family history of heart attack can be cut in half with exercise and a healthy diet. If you have a family history of heart disease put this list on your fridge and live by it.
-3 non-starchy vegetable servings /day
-3 of fruit
-1/week of nuts
-3 of fish
-2 of dairy
-3 of whole grains
-no more than 1 serving red meat/week, and of course no trans fat, no sugar sweetened beverages, no more than 2 grams of salt daily
Also, you gotta exercise. The study only looked at one bout of exercise per week showing a benefit but other studies have shown the best outcomes with 4 x's per week. That will take the belt size down which is a big risk factor as well.
Back problems, bad knees, arthritis, weight loss issues, you name it. I've heard it blamed on genes and yes they are a factor but you can minimize that factor. That's what we do here at South Centre Clinic! We look for the weak links in your health based on your current and past history, lifestyle and family history and we provide non-drug, non surgical ways to strengthen those weak links so you can be you healthful best!
Live better, live longer! Yours in Health, Dr. Darrell