Alan Israel, M.D., from MemorialCare Medical Group sat down with Laguna Woods’ TV6 to talk about cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and the importance of setting goals for your health with your physician.
Watch Dr. Israel’s interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMSvywJpVxw
Sadly, millions of people are living with high blood pressure, and some don’t know it! Dr. Israel deems blood pressure as the “silent killer” because it’s something many are living with, without knowing it. When asked how often one should come in for blood pressure checkups, Dr. Israel states “that it depends on how well your blood pressure is controlled. It all depends on age, health, and family history. The good news is that it can be treated with physical activity, proper diet, and sometimes medicine!” He also advises that alcohol and tobacco are often part of the problem and quitting is well worth the aggravation.
On the topic of cholesterol, Dr. Israel says that cholesterol numbers vary depending on the individual. Since there is no specific number to aim for, Dr. Israel recommends sitting down with your doctor to discuss your cholesterol, your needs and goals, and what you can do to maintain a healthy number.
Weight is yet another number to constantly monitor and aim to control. Compared to cholesterol and blood pressure, weight is an easier number to measure using the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a chart that suggests how much you should weigh for your height and age. Unhealthy weight can often be remedied through proper diet and exercise.
To wrap up, here are a few healthy tips from Dr. Israel:
· Go to seminars to educate yourself!
· See your physician to discuss your goals and the healthiest ways to achieve them!
· Physical activity is important! It can be as simple as going for a walk, cleaning your home or going dancing. Anything that gets you to MOVE!
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