What are the most effective things you can do to take control of your health? The key to staying healthy and preventing disease is lifestyle. Small choices we each make every day really do impact our health.
We’re all dealt a genetic hand of cards, a predisposition to certain diseases we cannot control. For most people, a healthy lifestyle trumps inherited risk--70-80% of disease is determined by lifestyle. Genetics loads the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Obesity, poor nutrition habits, smoking, lack of exercise or excessive drinking can send people down a path toward premature death despite good longevity genes.
Stay at a healthy weight throughout life. One of the best ways to gauge weight is to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI) score, the relationship between your height and weight. A healthy weight should be a BMI below 25.
Be physically active on a regular basis. The recommendation for adult’s calls for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week; walking briskly for this period of time is a good starting point.
Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods. Read food labels and choose foods that are low in fat and
calories, watch portion sizes, stay away from processed foods. Aim for 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains and purchase food grown locally in WNY. Quit smoking and limit Alcohol Intake. Consistency is everything. It’s not a short term sacrifice—it’s small changes that you incorporate into your lifestyle.
You are the captain of the ship, your lifestyle choices are plotting the course. When it comes to health you are the most important person—you have the primary role, your doctor and the health care system play a critical, but secondary role. Focus on working with your primary care provider, get tested and/or screened regularly, ask questions, follow a check list, and know your numbers.
Dr. Sheriff "Know Your Numbers"
Dr. Fuad Sheriff from Amherst Medical Associates stresses the critical health numbers everyone should know. The key to staying healthy and preventing disease is in your hands.
Dr. Corigliano "Invest In Yourself"
Dr. Joseph Corigliano from Buffalo Medical Group explains how lifestyle choices can have an effect on our health. When it comes to your health, you are the most important person--you have the primary role, your doctor and the health care system play a critical but secondary role.