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PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Prevention of illness is the best medicine! Follow as many of these guidelines as you possibly can:


 
DON’T SMOKE – or at least cut down and switch to a very low tar and nicotine cigarette.

* SEATBELTS – should be worn whenever you are in a car.
* LIMIT SALT IN YOUR DIET – it is the major cause of elevated blood pressure.
* LIMIT HIGH CHOLESTEROL FOODS – limit to two to three eggs, and two to three servings of whole milk and other dairy products and red meat each week.
* KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN
* KEEP ALCOHOL INTAKE TO A MINIMUM—any drinking that interferes with your functioning (driving, work, family, etc.) is excessive.
* GET REGULAR EXERCISE – 20 – 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 – 4 days per week is recommended.
* HAVE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED OFTEN.
* GET ENOUGH REST, RELAXATION, AND VACATION TIME.
* HAVE A COMPLETE HEALTH UPDATE ANNUALLY.
* KEEP IMMUNIZATIONS UP TO DATE.
* COUNSELING – Consider counseling for family or personal problems. Stress, anxiety and depression contribute to most physical problems.
* LIMIT CAFFEINE – intake should be kept to 3 cups per day including coffee, tea, and soda pop. Also avoid eating excessive amounts of chocolate.
* INCREASE FIBER – eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals and breads.
 

Please visit our “Patient Education” section for printable handouts on the above items as well as the “Video” section for a brief video on Smoking Cessation!

 

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