Monday, September 23, 2013

The Importance of Eating Healthy and Being Active

One of the most frustrating yet potentially powerful conversations I have with patients is about their lifestyle. It is not uncommon for me on a daily basis to discuss patients poor lifestyle and how it is affecting not only their health but their wallet. Being sick costs a lot of money and good years of life. It is estimated 2/3 of us in the USA are either obese (BMI 30+) or overweight (BMI 26-30). Along with being overweight, there is an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, heart failure, depression, liver disease, menstrual problems, infertility, gallbladder problems, etc. Holy-smokes, that is a boat load of problems and all because of me not doing the things every day to invest in myself.

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