Tips for Controlling High Cholesterol

Controlling obesity continues to pose a major challenge to the country. With healthy food options remaining expensive and patient education continuing to lag behind the taste buds of the community, it is no wonder why patients are having trouble controlling their weight. The obesity problem is even starting to impact children. Type 2 Diabetes used to be a problem exclusive to adults. Now, even children are developing this disease. One of the tricks to remaining healthy is controlling cholesterol levels. While this can be challenging, there are a few tips that everyone should incorporate when trying to keep cholesterol levels low.

Avoid Trans Fat

First, try to avoid trans fats. Trans fats are short for trans-saturated fats. The trans refers to the bond structure that holds the molecule together. Trans fats lower HDL (the good cholesterol), raise LDL (the bad cholesterol), and increase the risk of serious medical problems, such as heart disease and strokes. Trans fats are found in many baked goods, making them difficult to avoid. The FDA is trying to remove them from the industry, but in the meantime, read food packages to avoid these dangerous fats. They stick together and cause problems for everyone’s health.

Decrease Portion Sizes

Next, try to decrease portion sizes. By using smaller dishes, the mind will think the plate is still full and makes many people feel like they’re still stuffed when the meal is finished. Lower portion sizes translate to weight loss. Every dropped pound counts and will lead to a lower LDL. Try to incorporate a daily exercise routine along with smaller portion sizes. By cutting around 1,000 calories per week, people will realize that they will lose a pound per week on average. These pounds add up over time but people need to remember to avoid cheat days, as these will add up just as quickly.

Use Fiber

Lastly, try to focus on using fiber. Foods such as apples, beans, and oatmeal are high in their fiber content. Fiber is important because it binds to cholesterol and helps the body excrete it as waste. Try to find foods that add around ten grams of fiber each day. Research studies have shown that incorporating a higher fiber content into a diet will cause people to drop their LDL. Furthermore, fiber is filling. This will help people avoid snacks throughout the day. Try not to eat an excessive amount of fiber because this can cause cramps.

Everyone should see a physician regularly to make sure their cholesterol levels are healthy. A physician will have even more ways to keep cholesterol levels under control. For people looking for a Conroe family physician, consider visiting Conroe Family Doctor and Dr. Trang Nguyen in Conroe, TX. Dr. Nguyen went through the arduous path of medical school to make sure patients are provided with the latest information on controlling cholesterol. With a long track record filled with happy and heathy patients, Dr. Nguyen can put the same knowledge to work for patients with high cholesterol. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Advice for managing diabetes

Advice for managing diabetes

Three tips for managing diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition in which glucose or sugar levels build up in the bloodstream because the body does not make enough insulin. Insulin is responsible for moving sugar into cells, where it is used for energy. Type 2 diabetes typically develops slowly and initially has only mild symptoms. As time goes on, the damage from uncontrolled diabetes is significant and includes blindness, loss of limbs, nerve damage and more.

Fortunately, if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there is a lot that you can do to improve your health and reduce the likelihood of complications. While it is well known that a healthy diet and physical activity can improve diabetes symptoms, there are some things that can help that you might not be aware of. Dr.Trang Nguyen, Conroe family physician, offers some tips to help you better manage your diabetes.

1.) Talk to Your Physician

Individualized care is important when it comes to managing diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Research supports treatment based on individual needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, the first step in diabetes management is to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your doctor. Your physician can give you tips and suggest lifestyle changes that are individualized to help you manage your diabetes. They can also refer you to a certified diabetes educator, a health professional who possess specialized knowledge in diabetes management.

2.) Stay Hydrated

Dehydration significantly interferes with blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is important to get a glass of water to drink whenever you can. Most of the time, your body will alert you when you are dehydrated. But, that is not the case for the elderly. Elderly people with diabetes may not be aware that they are thirsty. This, combined with other risk factors for dehydration, such as taking diuretics, can result in significant dehydration in older people. If you are a senior or the caregiver of older people with diabetes and notice fluctuating blood sugar levels, it is important to talk to your doctor about dehydration.

3.) Treat Sleep Apnea

Many people that have type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea. This is a condition in which a person temporarily stops breathing while sleeping. People diagnosed with sleep apnea and diabetes often have blood sugar levels that fluctuate more dramatically while sleeping than in those without sleep apnea. Loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, therefore, if you snore talk to your doctor about the need to have a sleep test to diagnose sleep apnea.

if you are located in the Conroe, TX area and have questions about diabetes, contact Dr. Nguyen, Conroe Family Doctor, today. Dr. Nguyen and her team of medical professionals are committed to providing respectful, compassionate care to each and every patient.

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The number of fat cells stored in our bodies typically remain constant throughout adult life. After the SculpSure™ treatment, the destroyed fat cells will never return. However, as we lose weight, the size of fat cells become smaller, but typically do not decrease in number. Even with diet and exercise, many people have difficulty losing weight in these trouble areas.

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How many treatments will I need?
Every patient is different. Your treatment provider will develop a customized treatment plan to meet your desired goals. Ask your treatment provider about the treatment plan that is right for you.

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Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated.

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