Health and Wellness Tips
The Loretto Hospital is committed to your health and wellness, and we want
to be your resource for health information, education and screenings.
We encourage our patients to be active participants in their personal
health outcomes. In addition to routine visits to the doctor to remain
up-to-date with your health screenings, here are a few things you can
do at home to self-manage your health:
Eat Low Fat and Low-Calorie Meals
Stick to the basics. Eat 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day,
lean meats such as fish, chicken breasts and turkey, plenty of grains
and drink plenty of water. Scientific studies have shown time and again
that choosing healthy foods can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer,
and other diseases. Healthy foods can also help you maintain a healthy
weight. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, nearly
100 million Americans are overweight or obese due to improper eating habits.
Being obese or overweight substantially increases your risk of heart disease,
hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and
several types of cancer.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Get active! Exercising on a regular basis can help manage illness such
as diabetes, high blood pressure and reduce stress. As a rule, you should
get some sort of exercise every day. Daily exercise can include taking
a brisk walk, using the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or joining
a local gym or YMCA to workout with an instructor.
Manage Your Stress
Stress has been shown to be the culprit of many diseases, even cancer.
If you are struggling with high stress levels, try taking a yoga class
twice a week for 30 minutes each visit. Some people find relief from seeking
professional counseling. Learning deep breathing exercises also help.
Talk to Your Physician About Your Health
Routine doctor visits are an excellent way to stay on top of your health.
Speak up and be honest. There’s an old saying “what you don’t
know won’t hurt.” But in the case of your health, withholding
vital information from your doctor could have unfavorable outcomes for
you. Pay attention to your body and report any changes you have noticed
to your doctor. Be sure to share your family history so that your doctor
can better assess your health. If you are taking medications, always bring
all medications to every visit to ensure that any new prescriptions do
not conflict with your current prescriptions.
Get Plenty of Rest
Lack of sleep (or sleep deprivation) can cause a host of health-related
issues such as over exhaustion and increased stress levels. When you are
asleep, that is the only time that your immune system can work to fight
off the bacteria forming in your body.