For over the past 40 years, healthcare providers have bared witness to a steady rise in overweight or obese patients. For many of these patients, their health is often compromised by chronic conditions that are associated with obesity. These conditions are often referred to by experts as lifestyle diseases.
What is a lifestyle disease? A lifestyle disease refers to conditions that often arise from poor diet and lack of physical activity. The most common of the lifestyle diseases are Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, COPD and other metabolic syndromes.
Whether it’s advertisements tempting us with junk food or our busy work lives that force us to neglect physical exercise and healthy food options, our surroundings make it harder to make the right choice. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s take a look at how altering certain aspects of our lifestyle can improve health.
Lifestyle Changes To Make
Obesity is one of the biggest threats to health that we face today. According to the CDC, it cost the U.S. approximated $140 billion to treat conditions associated with obesity. To combat this, the American Heart Association recommends a strict weight loss regimen that will either make the condition more manageable or eliminated them altogether.
One of the most crucial steps to take to regain your health is to make small changes to your diet. Eating a diet that is low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol and salt –and high in vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, lean protein and whole grains is an ideal way to improve your health and lose weight. Healthcare experts recommend adopting a Mediterranean diet as an easy and delicious way to achieve optimal health.
We all know that combined with a healthy diet, exercise is a great way to lose weight. But did you know that even if you do not lose a pound, exercising can lower blood pressure, improve insulin resistance and improve cholesterol levels? Experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. The type of activity is up to you. Just get up and moving!
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 40 years, we all know that smoking is perhaps one of the deadliest habits you can succumb to. Smoking actually increases your risk of developing one or more of these metabolic syndromes. In fact, smoking accounts for 1 in every 10 deaths worldwide.
HealthAware Can Help
Now, making these “small” changes, especially with social and environmental factors standing in the way can seem daunting. But, the truth is that these changes aren’t impossible, and HealthAware can encourage users to make significant behavior changes. Developed by behavioral change experts, our Digital Therapy programs can help you lead a healthy and fulfilling life!
Designed to encourage small behavior changes for BIG results, Kare-N® offers a suite of Healthy Habit program(s) to give patients the support they need to succeed. With Kare-N® healthcare providers can communicate with their patients every day, encouraging them to make the changes they need to improve their health. Whether patients need assistance with nutrition, stress management or sleep, HealthAware healthy habit programs have something for everyone.
With this line of open communication between provider and patient, it is easier for patients to know exactly what is expected of them. Getting patients to comply with medical recommendations is one of the most difficult aspects healthcare providers face and Kare-N® can help.
Contact one of our experts today for a healthier tomorrow.