Everyone has risk factors for health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as genetic predisposition, but some risk factors can be controlled or changed to help you live a healthier life. Here are three health risk factors that you can control with help from your doctor.
Having high blood pressure is typically not a major health problem in and of itself, but it does increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Keeping your blood pressure under control will also help relieve chronic headaches, make you feel more relaxed, and improve vision and kidney health. You can control your blood pressure with diet, exercise, and, if necessary, medications.
Cholesterol is another factor that puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke. When cholesterol levels rise, there is a higher chance of veins and arteries becoming blocked, leading to heart attack or stroke. You can control your cholesterol with diet, exercise, and, if necessary, medications.
One of the things that affects your health more than anything is your lifestyle. How you eat, sleep, exercise, and other habits make a huge difference in your overall health. Your doctor can help you negate some of your health risk factors by helping you make lasting lifestyle changes for the better. This might mean a dietary change, a new exercise routine, quitting smoking or drinking, and other lifestyle changes.
If you are interested in learning more about the factors that affect your health risk and what can be done about them, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.