February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States each year, and many of the deaths are preventable. Residents living in the greater Tyler, Texas area can make small tweaks to their daily routines and simple lifestyle changes in order to remain heart healthy. February is the ideal time of year to get your blood pressure checked, start a new exercise program and eat a balanced, healthy diet. Tyler Wellcare offers the HCG medical weight loss program to help patients lose weight, as well as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help increase energy and overall balance as the body ages.
Small Heart Healthy Changes to Make During American Heart Month
Tyler Wellcare encourages both men and women to make heart healthy changes during American Heart Month.
An active lifestyle is one of the key items to fighting off heart disease. Regular exercise and physical activity is crucial. The current guidelines are at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. Moderate exercise is similar to walking, while vigorous exercise is similar to running. If an individual would benefit from lowering cholesterol or blood pressure, the American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise 3-4 times each week.
As the body ages, many individuals begin to lose energy, stamina and muscle strength. These changes often lead to decreased exercise and physical activity because the drive and motivation to exercise is no longer there. Men and women can regain energy and so much more with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT utilizes natural hormones very similar to hormones the body naturally produces when at its prime, so the treatment is safe and effective.
Heart Healthy Diet
Heart healthy eating begins with healthy food choices each and every day. Nutrient-rich foods have minerals, protein, whole grains and other nutrients that are critical to a healthy body and heart. A heart healthy diet must include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, clean protein, nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils. Limiting excessive saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar substitutes can help the body perform and function at a higher level.
East Texas residents searching for an effective medical weight loss program should consider the HCG, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, diet. At the beginning of the diet, patients are prescribed a low-calorie diet and HCG injection schedule. The injections allow the body to tap into its stored fat for maximum utilization in a comfortable and safe manner. The diet is low in calories while undergoing the injections, but a part of the overall goal is for patients to learn how to make healthy food choices. After stopping the HCG diet, many individuals continue a long-term healthy weight because proper food choices and portion sizes are part of their everyday life.
Tyler, Texas residents interested in making heart healthy changes during American Heart Month are encouraged to begin with dietary and exercise changes. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Tyler Wellcare office to discuss our wellcare programs.