What is lopid, and what Is the side affect?
Asked by Kecia Gonyea 3 months ago.
Lopid is a medicine used in treating lipid imbalance in the body. Its active ingredient is gemfibrozil, which lowers lipid levels by increasing the receptor that is used in lipid metabolism. You can look up lots more info on Wiki. Side effects: muscle pain, gallstones and gastrointestinal problems (stomach ache, diarrhea, etc). Answered by Debra Okon 3 months ago.
Is it safe to take Pravastatin with Lopid ?
This the way the medications are spelled on the prescription bottles.
Asked by Denny Bachler 3 months ago.
Ruthie, Severe Interaction - Pravastatin Oral may interact based on the potential interaction between SELECTED HMG-COA REDUCTASE INHIBITORS and SELECTED FIBRATES. Pravastatin, which is a type of statin, is licensed to treat a number of conditions, including high cholesterol and high triglycerides. It is also used to prevent heart disease and heart-related problems. Gemfibrozil – Lopid – is a medication used to lower the levels of triglyceride in the blood. BEFORE taking these two medications together, CONSULT your doctor and Pharmacist. ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED. It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Hope this helps matador 89 Answered by Kaila Pinkert 3 months ago.
Has anyone ever gotten yeast infection while on tricore or lopid?
Asked by Ethelene Kaja 3 months ago.
I don't know about tricore or lopid, but sometimes if you're taking antibiotics you are more prone to yeast infections bc the antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria in your body that prevents yeast infections. If you're on antibiotics, a good thing to do is to eat yogurt, which helps replenish the body with good bacteria and helps prevent yeast infections. Answered by Jesusa Sitterding 3 months ago.
I hadnt seen one on my patients! I had prescribed alot of Lopid & patients hadnt any complain so far. Tricore isnt available in our country. Answered by Joette Schnitzler 3 months ago.
What are the side effects to Lopid?
I need to start taking Lopid because of elevated triglycerides, but are concerned with the side effects.
Asked by Antonetta Pickar 3 months ago.
Serious side effects that you should tell your doctor about: -an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); -chest pain, shortness of breath, or an irregular heartbeat; -nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or clay-colored stools; -yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice); -rash or itching; -sores in the mouth or on your lips; -swollen legs or feet; -chills, fever, or blood in the urine; or -muscle aches, pain, or cramping. Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur: -indigestion; -headache, dizziness, or drowsiness; or -decreased sex drive. Answered by Ryan Dutka 3 months ago.
Lopid or CoQ10?
Has anyone in here switched from lipitor to CoQ10? I need to know if you did this as opposed to taking a different cholesterol medicine.
Asked by Kai Florey 3 months ago.
CoQ10 is not a cholesterol medicine - it is a coenzyme used in metabolism. I wouldn't mess with prescription meds (Lipitor) without a dr.'s ok. Answered by Saul Beverage 3 months ago.
Why do I have poor libido after taking Lopid?
Asked by Mariah Wainman 3 months ago.
Many high cholesterol drugs have this as a side effect. You are more susceptible to it than others. Have you thought about Lipitor, as that is not considered a side effect? Answered by Renae Schlicher 3 months ago.
You can read below CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP PROBABLE CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP NOT ESTABLISHED General: weight loss Cardiac: extrasystoles Gastrointestinal: cholestatic jaundice pancreatitis hepatoma colitis Central Nervous System: dizziness confusion somnolence convulsions paresthesia syncope peripheral neuritis decreased libido depression headache Eye: blurred vision retinal edema Genitourinary: impotence decreased male fertility renal dysfunction Musculoskeletal: myopathy myasthenia myalgia painful extremities arthralgia synovitis rhabdomyolysis (see WARNINGS and Drug Interactions under PRECAUTIONS ) Clinical Laboratory: increased creatine phosphokinase positive antinuclear antibody increased bilirubin increased liver transaminases (AST [SGOT], ALT [SGPT]) increased alkaline phosphatase Hematopoietic: anemia thrombocytopenia leukopenia bone marrow hypoplasia eosinophilia Immunologic: angioedema anaphylaxis laryngeal edema Lupus-like syndrome urticaria vasculitis Integumentary: exfoliative dermatitis alopecia rash photosensitivity dermatitis pruritus Answered by Jerlene Estanislau 3 months ago.
it is normal, because tostesterone, the hormone in males that do sperms and have to dow itht he lipido decreases a little. so you will have a poor libido Answered by Delia Larkin 3 months ago.
What if I need to suddenly stop taking Lopid?
Asked by Mozella Pollaro 3 months ago.
Nothing, but better substitutes are available. Answered by Lawrence Hofford 3 months ago.
Is a fibrate a safe medicine?
Just got lopid and was wondering if is is effective and safe
Asked by Stan Oreily 3 months ago.
Yes, Lopid (gemfibrozil) has been proven by the FDA to be both safe and effective at lowering cholesterol, otherwise, it would not be commercially available. If you have any other questions about it, feel free to email me. Answered by Lucila Liehr 3 months ago.
Fibrate are usually safe though rarely they can cause liver and muscle problems (as can be seen while taking statins like lipitor or zocor). They are more useful in reducing triglycerides while statins are more useful in reducing LDL-cholesterol. Answered by Elisha Mcalphin 3 months ago.
it's just not as effective as a statin Answered by Hildegarde Hole 3 months ago.
No Drug is safe. Read my page. Answered by Rosalee Taketa 3 months ago.
If a physician orders Lopid 600mg qam and 300mg qpm, how many doses will a 60 count, 600mg tablet bottle be?
So, would 40 days be 80 doses since its twice a day? Thanks. I appreciate the help.
Asked by Fermin Delk 3 months ago.
Take the number of tablets you have (60) and divide by the number you need per day (1.5) This gives you 40 days worth of medication. Now: 40 days * 2 doses/day = 80 doses. Answered by Enedina Bradshaw 3 months ago.
Yes, 40 days is 80 doses since it is twice a day. Answered by Jackson Gfeller 3 months ago.
total daily dose is 900 mg, a bottle of 60 of the 600 mg tablets has 60*600 mg = 36000 mg 36000 mg/bottle * 1 day/900 mg = 40 days/bottle notice the units agree Answered by Leo Westerberg 3 months ago.
1 tab qam and 1/2 tab qpm = 40 days supply Answered by Latrina Leigh 3 months ago.
What is the best way to reduce the triglyceride levels without damaging the liver by taking Lopid?
My triglyceride levels are up to 450. I am not obese I just don't exercise at all. I have been getting away from carbs all together, is that good?
Asked by Shaquita Stasny 3 months ago.
It is ok to cut carbs out of your diet, but be sure to eat at least up to 30-50g a day. The absolute proven best way to lower triglycerides is to exercise - plain & simple. Most effectively would be cardiovascular work-outs. Also, along with decreasing your carbohydrate intake, try taking an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement and/or Vitamin B3 (niacin). Answered by Larissa Shapino 3 months ago.
If you have really been eliminating carbs, exercise is it. While monitoring of liver function of a patient on Lopid is necessary, it's generally a safe drug. Answered by Adelina Bomilla 3 months ago.
you need to increase your fiber intake to at least 30 grams a day to lower your total cholesterol values. you also need to increase your unsaturated fat intake to improve your HDL-C:LDL-C ratio. the ratio is more important than total cholesterol values in terms of health risks, etc. Answered by Christy Kogan 3 months ago.
you need to increase your fiber intake to lower your cholesterol Answered by Ismael Fagin 3 months ago.
cut back on fatty foods,and exercise. Answered by Torie Cerulli 3 months ago.
The Keys to Wellness Every day we search for ways to feel better; this makes our days more enjoyable for ourselves as well as those around us. The recipe for success is a balanced diet combined with sufficient water intake, along with exercise. By combining these three keys to daily wellness, you are giving yourself the opportunity to feel good day after day. Good nutrition is vital to wellness and enhances the overall quality of life. Unfortunately, Americans’ busy lifestyles don’t support the healthy choices that can Help prevent the development of problems in later years. Today most people are not getting what science considers necessary for optimal health In terms of diet, exercise or lifestyle habits. Although you may not be able to change your habits overnight, you can address these factors gradually. You can decide, for example, to discover the pleasure derived from healthy eating, regular physical activity, and drinking enough water throughout the day. 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America’s Vital Statistics • The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion states that dietary factors are associated with four of the ten leading causes of death in the United States: • Heart disease • Cancer • Stroke • Diabetes† †The Journal of the American Medical Association cites that diabetes deaths have risen 45% from 1970 – 2002 and reasoned that America’s obesity problem could be boosting diabetes deaths. • 50% or more of these deaths are diet-related. • 70% of all doctor visits are from diet-related conditions with the #1 complaint being fatigue. • 65% of the US population is overweight in addition to the 25% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 who are overweight. • The American Obesity Association (AOA) also reports that being overweight during childhood and particularly adolescence is related to increased morbidity and mortality in later life. Adverse health effects associated with overweight children and adolescents are: • Asthma • Diabetes type 2 • Hypertension • Orthopedic complications • Psychosocial effects & stigma • Sleep apnea How Did This Happen? The increase of technology and packaged foods; Our dependence on motor transportation rather than walking;our sedentary lifestyles; and our busy schedules that leave us little time to prepare healthy meals or exercise have led us down a morbid path. Gaining weight and getting sick is easier than ever. Our busy lifestyles don't support the healthy choices that can help prevent the development of problems in later years. Today, many Americans are not getting what doctors consider essentials for optimal health in terms of diet, exercise or lifestyle habits. Factors That Impact Health • Fast food diets that are high in fat and low in nutrients. • Overly-processed, convenience foods. • Sedentary lifestyle. • Pollution. • Stress. • Certain medications. • Lack of dietary fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. • Not enough healthy sources of protein in our diets to support healthy muscle and bone. • Lack of proper rest. The Good News! Although this information is disturbing, there is good news. Since you control your diet and activity level, you have the power to improve your immediate and future health. All you need is the right information and the desire to put it into action. Remember, improving your state of wellness is a stepby- step process. By following the steps below and making the adjustments necessary, you can improve your wellness starting today! The Keys to Optimum Wellness 1 – Balance Your Diet You need to get enough of the right foods including colorful fruits and vegetables, protein, good carbohydrates and just enough good fats for the taste you want. You also need vitamins, minerals and fiber from dietary supplements to provide the nutrition missing from your diet that your cells need for good health. 2 – Exercise Regularly Regular exercise can help you feel and look your best. Exercise conditions your heart and relieves stress and makes it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. 3 – Drink Lots of Water Your body is about two-thirds water. In an average day, you lose at least one pint of water even without excessive sweating.To feel your best, you should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Steps for Achieving Optimum Wellness: • Define Your Wellness Goals. • Have an evaluation of your personal wellness. • Identify key areas you need to impact to reach your wellness goals. • Get recommendations from your Personal Wellness Coach. • Make a plan of action that you can commit to. • Get the ongoing support you need to stay on your wellness track for a healthier future. The Hazards of Poor Nutrition There are many health risks associated with a poor diet, including: • Weakened immune system, leading to more frequent infections • Osteoporosis or weak bones • Weakened muscles and poor skin tone, leading to premature aging Regardless of your weight, income level or present state of health, you may not be getting enough of the nutrition you need if the variety and quality of foods in your diet is poor. A balanced diet rich in nutrients, however, will help you look and feel better inside and out. Good Nutrition = Prevention Advances in nutritional science have brought us important insights into what goes into a healthy diet: 1. Getting protein from soy, lean meats and fish is important to control your appetite and to nourish and protect your muscles. 2. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide unique plant nutrients and antioxidants that protect the health of the most important organs in your body. 3. Fiber from fruits, vegetables and some whole grains is important to maintain balanced intestinal function and to clear toxins from your body. 4. Healthy fish-oil fats from ocean-caught fish help to rebalance the good and bad fats in your diet. The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion states that dietary factors are associated with four of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. The Power of Protein: Protein helps build and maintain strong muscles. Try to consume 75 to 100 grams of protein each day. Eating protein at every meal also helps control hunger. The best protein-rich foods are those that are low in fat, such as high-protein breakfast shakes, chicken or turkey breast, egg whites, fish and shellfish, very lean cuts of red meat and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Limit high-fat protein foods such as cheese, most red meat cuts, sausages and full-fat dairy products. • Protein helps prevent muscle and bone breakdown. • Protein helps control hunger and is essential for energy. Great Grains: You should get 25 grams of fiber per day for optimum wellness from a combination of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Whole grains are made up of an outer shell of fiber, an inner portion rich in starch and a germ center rich in protein. Go out of your way to read labels and choose whole-grain foods whenever possible. Try to consume up to 3 servings per day of whole grain products such as 100% whole grain breads and pasta, brown rice and cereals such as rolled oats and shredded wheat. These supply more vitamins, minerals and fiber than refined grain products. • Fiber ensures smooth intestinal flow and slows down the emptying of the gastric system. • Adequate fiber supports cardiovascular health. The Keys to Optimum Wellness 1 – Balance Your Diet You need to get enough of the right foods including colorful fruits and vegetables, protein, good carbohydrates and just enough good fats for the taste you want. You also need vitamins, minerals and fiber from dietary supplements to provide the nutrition missing from your diet that your cells need for good health. 2 – Exercise Regularly Regular exercise can help you feel and look your best. Exercise conditions your heart and relieves stress and makes it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. 3 – Drink Lots of Water Your body is about two-thirds water. In an average day, you lose at least one pint of water even without excessive sweating. To feel your best, you should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Steps for Achieving Optimum Wellness: • Define Your Wellness Goals. • Have an evaluation of your personal wellness. • Identify key areas you need to impact to reach your wellness goals. • Get recommendations from your Personal Wellness Coach. • Make a plan of action that you can commit to. • Get the ongoing support you need to stay on your wellness track for a healthier future. 6 The Hazards of Poor Nutrition There are many health risks associated with a poor diet, including: • Weakened immune system, leading to more frequent infections • Osteoporosis or weak bones • Weakened muscles and poor skin tone, leading to premature aging Regardless of your weight, income level or present state of health, you may not be getting enough of the nutrition you need if the variety and quality of foods in your diet is poor. A balanced diet rich in nutrients, however, will help you look and feel better inside and out. Good Nutrition = Prevention Advances in nutritional science have brought us important insights into what goes into a healthy diet: 1. Getting protein from soy, lean meats and fish is important to control your appetite and to nourish and protect your muscles. 2. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide unique plant nutrients and antioxidants that protect the health of the most important organs in your body. 3. Fiber from fruits, vegetables and some whole grains is important to maintain balanced intestinal function and to clear toxins from your body. 4. Healthy fish-oil fats from ocean-caught fish help to rebalance the good and bad fats in your diet. The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion states that dietary factors are associated with four of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States Balance Your Diet ! Based on evidence from numerous studies, the FDA states that 25 grams of soy protein daily in a diet that is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. The Power of Protein: Protein helps build and maintain strong muscles. Try to consume 75 to 100 grams of protein each day. Eating protein at every meal also helps control hunger. The best protein-rich foods are those that are low in fat, such as high-protein breakfast shakes, chicken or turkey breast, egg whites, fish and shellfish, very lean cuts of red meat and low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Limit high-fat protein foods such as cheese, most red meat cuts, sausages and full-fat dairy products. • Protein helps prevent muscle and bone breakdown. • Protein helps control hunger and is essential for energy. Great Grains: You should get 25 grams of fiber per day for optimum wellness from a combination of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Whole grains are made up of an outer shell of fiber, an inner portion rich in starch and a germ center rich in protein. Go out of your way to read labels and choose whole-grain foods whenever possible. Try to consume up to 3 servings per day of whole grain products such as 100% whole grain breads and pasta, brown rice and cereals such as rolled oats and shredded wheat. These supply more vitamins, minerals and fiber than refined grain products. • Fiber ensures smooth intestinal flow and slows down the emptying of the gastric system. • Adequate fiber supports cardiovascular health. Balance Your Diet ! Balance Your Diet The American Heart Association recommends that healthy individuals include omega-3 fatty acids in their diet to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 50% of the U.S. adult population does not receive the recommended 1,000-1,500 mg of calcium per day to help prevent osteoporosis. ! Dairy Products: Milk protein is a high-quality protein that can be helpful in balancing your diet for optimum wellness. If you are sensitive to a milk sugar called lactose, you can find lactose-reduced dairy products. You can also substitute soy products without losing any key nutrients. Look for low-fat and non-fat dairy products and stay away from full-fat dairy products. • Calcium is needed for muscular growth and contraction and for the prevention of muscle cramps. • Lack of vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of a number of common diseases of aging. Good and Bad Fats: Healthy fats that naturally occur in nuts, avocados and olive oil are some of the healthiest fats you can consume. Ocean-caught fish also provides healthy fats that help reduce the risk of heart disease when eaten three to four times per week as part of a healthy balanced diet. Fats such as oils, butter, margarine, mayonnaise and foods rich in fats such as salad dressings, sauces and gravies should be limited. A few nuts or some slices of avocado can add a lot of flavor to vegetables or salads with less fat than rich sauces or dressings. • Good fats are needed for the normal development and functioning of the brain. • Deficiency of essential fatty acids can lead to an impaired ability to learn and recall information. Benefits of Plant Nutrition: Vegetables and fruits come in different color groups: Red, Yellow/Green, Green, White/Green, Orange/Yellow,Orange, Red/Purple. These colors come from unique plant nutrients, called phytonutrients, that interact with your body and are sometimes stored in the body.For optimum wellness, include each of the different colors every day. Seven servings a day for women and nine servings a day for men are recommended (a serving is about a cup of fresh vegetable, a half cup of cooked vegetable, or a half cup of fruit). To make it easier to get your 7 to 9 servings per day, try convenient frozen fruits and vegetables, tomato sauces,juices or soups and pre-washed salads. • Phytonutrients help protect your body against cancer. Balance Your Diet Orange-yellow Oranges, tangerines, peaches,papayas, nectarines Orange Carrots, mangos, apricots, acorn squash,cantaloupes, pumpkin, winter squash, sweet potatoes Red-purple Red grapes, fresh or dried plums,cranberries, raspberries, blackberries,blueberries, strawberries Red Tomatoes and tomato products,pink grapefruit, watermelon Yellow-green Spinach, avocado, honeydew melon, collard greens, mustard greens,yellow corn, green peas Green Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage,Chinese cabbage, bok choy White-green Garlic, chives, onions, celery,leeks, asparagus The National Cancer Institute recommends that men should eat 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, and women should eat 7 daily servings. ! Sample Balanced Meals To give you an idea of what a nutritious, balanced meal might look like, we’ve included some suggestions. Notice that good nutrition can come from ordinary foods and doesn’t have to be expensive.You just need some knowledge and motivation to develop good nutritional habits. Breakfast • Omelet made with 7 egg whites, salsa, tomato and spinach • 1 slice whole grain toast • 1/2 grapefruit Or • Protein Shake with added fresh fruit Hint: Keep it fresh and low in fat Lunch • 2 grilled chicken breasts with condiments on multi-grain roll or bun • Green salad with tomato and carrots and low-fat dressing • 1 cup fresh fruit Hint: Switch from white to multi-grain breads Dinner • 8 ounces grilled fish topped with grilled peppers, onion and eggplant • Steamed broccoli and cauliflower • 1/2 cup brown rice • 1 baked apple Hint: When serving meat, fish, or chicken,use the grill instead of the frying pan Avoid overeating by keeping portions to the size of your open palm or closed fist. Balance Your Diet ! Insurance for Your Diet Given today’s busy schedules, it’s not always possible for us to get all of our nutrients from food, each and every day. Supplements can help ensure that you receive the essential vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients that your daily diet may not provide. Nutritional Supplements Taking a multivitamin daily is a great way to make sure you receive the minimum amounts of a variety of nutrients. It’s also an excellent foundation on which to build a personalized supplementation program to optimize your nutrient levels for maximum benefit. Many Americans do not receive the government recommended RDA (or Recommended Dietary Allowance) of nutrients in their diet. The RDA is based on the minimum amounts required for good health. Dieters in particular fail to consume adequate levels of nutrients. By using supplements, you can bring your consumption of vitamins and minerals up to recommended levels. To optimize your nutrition, choose supplements made from quality ingredients that are right for your personal needs. A U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services report on nutrition in the United States found that Americans of all ages and races were not getting the recommended amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B6 or the minerals zinc and copper from food Balance Your Diet ! Nutrients for a Healthy BodyThere are many vitamins, minerals and other types of nutrients that can be used to achieve optimized personal nutrition. Use this chart to help you identify vitamins and minerals that you could benefit from or that you may not get enough of in your diet. Spinach, leafy green vegetables, carrots, cantaloupe, broccoli, apricots, fortified milk and breakfast cerealsVision, growth, healthy Vitamin A/Beta-carotene skin, immune function Fortified milk and breakfast cereals, Vitamin D Bone health salmon, sardines Healthy cell membranes; Vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, fortified cereals Vitamin E antioxidant Vitamin K Blood clotting Green vegetables, milk, liver Whole and enriched grain products, dried beans, meats Helps obtain energy from foods; healthy nervous system Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin) Helps obtain energy Milk, mushrooms, spinach, liver, whole grains Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) from foods Mushrooms, bran, fish, chicken, beef, liver,peanuts, enriched grains Helps obtain energy Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) from foods Meats, fish, poultry, spinach, broccoli, bananas, sunflower seeds Helps body to process proteins; healthy nervous system Vitamin B-6 Green leafy vegetables, orange juice, organ meats Protects genetic material and prevents certain birth defects Folic Acid Animal foods (not naturally in plants), fortified Vitamin B-12 Healthy nervous system cereals and other fortified foods Citrus fruits, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, peppers, tomatoes Healthy connective Vitamin C tissue; antioxidant Spinach, squash, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, Potassium Healthy nervous system melons, dried beans, milk, whole grains Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, leafy vegetables and some fortified foods (such as orange juice) Healthy nervous system; Calcium healthy bones and teeth Growth, helps Liver, beans, nuts, whole grains Copper prevent anemia Meats, seafood, whole grains, broccoli, peas, bran Prevents anemia; healthy Iron immune system Wheat bran, green vegetables, nuts, chocolate, beans Bone strength, nerve Magnesium and heart function Selenium Antioxidant Meats, eggs, fish, whole grains Growth, immunity, Seafood, meats, greens, whole grains Zinc development Vitamin/Mineral Major Function Food Sources Balance Your Weight Balance is the key to both good nutrition and to losing weight. A balanced diet means eating a variety of different healthy food groups and nutrients.To maintain a healthy weight, you need to take in only as many calories as you burn or use each day.To lose weight, you need to cut back on the calories you take in and burn more calories with exercise.To gain weight, you need to take in more calories than you burn each day. Whether you’re interested in losing, gaining or stabilizing your weight, setting a personal goal for yourself and writing it down can help. It’s important to set a realistic goal that can be achieved in a safe manner. Each person has a best personal weight and shape based on their muscle to fat ratio. Body Mass Index (BMI) The Body Mass Index is one way to determine whether your weight is healthy or not. It is considered a more useful measurement than weight. In the U.S., a body mass over 25 is considered overweight and a body mass over 30 is considered obese. Body mass index is determined through an individual calculation. It can provide many useful pieces of information that you can use to maintain or achieve a healthy body weight. See page 14 to determine your BMI. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease warns that obesity and being overweight are risk factors for certain forms of cancer, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and gallbladder disease. Balance Your Diet ! Regular Exercise Physical activity can be divided into two types: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise involves large muscle movements over a sustained period of time and includes activities such as: • Running • Fast walking • Aerobic exercise classes When you make aerobic activity a part of your regular routine, your heart and cardiovascular system become much healthier. In addition, your mood improves,because exercise relieves stress and tension.Anaerobic exercise builds new muscle and includes activities like: • Lifting weights • Resistance training Only 20 minutes of anaerobic exercise per day can make a dramatic change in your body’s shape and condition. Muscle mass helps protect bone mass, which is especially important for women. Examples of moderate amounts of physical activity to integrate into your daily life: . The National Academy of Sciences recommends 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day to reduce chronic disease risk. Exercise Regularly ! Washing and waxing a car for 45-60 minutes Washing windows or floors for 45-60 minutes Gardening for 30-45 minutes Raking leaves for 30 minutes Walking 2 miles in 30 minutes Shoveling snow for 15 minutes Stair walking for 15 minutes Playing volleyball for 45-60 minutes Playing touch football for 45 minutes Walking 1.75 miles in 35 minutes Bicycling 5 miles in 30 minutes Dancing fast for 30 minutes Swimming laps for 20 minutes Running 1.5 miles in 15 minutes Common Chores Sporting Activities Less Vigorous, More Time More Vigorous, Less Time (Adapted from The Practical Guide, Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.) The Power of Muscle Exercise builds muscle mass, and as your muscle mass increases you burn more calories, even when you’re not exercising. • Each pound of lean body mass burns about 14 calories per day. • Each pound of fat tissue only burns about 2 calories per day. The rate at which your body burns calories when at rest (not exercising) is known as your Resting Metabolic Rate. It’s also referred to simply as “metabolism.” By increasing your metabolism through exercise, you make the process of losing or maintaining your weight easier. Building lean muscle mass through exercise can help you reshape your body in the way you desire.Consuming low-fat protein daily can help you build lean muscle mass. Without adequate protein intake, your body will steal protein from your muscles and organs. Eating protein after a workout can help your muscles recover from strenuous activity. Exercise Regularly ! A recent study found that women who walked one mile in 20 minutes burned just as many or more calories than those who ran one mile in 12 minutes. ! Beginning an Exercise Program Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Once you get the go-ahead, start slowly and gradually work up to longer and more strenuous workouts. Overtraining, especially when you’re just starting out, can lead to strains and injuries.When you don’t have the time: • If daily exercise isn’t practical for you, set a goal of exercising four times a week in 30-minute sessions. • You can count minutes of activity that are already part of your day, such as time spent gardening, towards a goal of 30 minutes of exercise accumulated throughout the day. • Try parking farther away from your workplace to get a brief walk in. • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.Find the exercise that works best for your lifestyle, whether it’s at a gym, on a hiking path or on a playing field. If you’re going to exercise outside, make sure you protect your face and exposed parts of your body from sun damage.Whatever you choose, have fun! Exercise Regularly Drink Lots of Water Drinking plenty of water is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight and a nutritious diet. Water plays an essential role in helping your body process nutrients, maintain normal circulation and keep the proper balance of fluids. Replace What You Lose After each 30-minute workout, drink two 8-ounce glasses of water to replenish your fluids. If you find you become thirsty while working out, consider using a sports bottle to help you stay hydrated while you exercise. Because of their calorie content, soft drinks and fruit juice are not good choices for replacing lost fluids if you are trying to lose or manage your weight. You might try adding just a splash of fruit juice or a slice of lemon or lime to a glass of water if you don’t like the taste of plain water. How Much Water is Enough? As a general guideline, try to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If you exercise, you will probably need to drink more to replenish the water lost through sweating. You can usually trust your sense of thirst to let you know when you need to drink. Your sense of thirst, combined with simply paying attention to how many glasses of water you’ve had in a day, can help you to keep your body hydrated. Drink Lots of Water 3 Infants, children and mature adults are more likely to experience dehydration and need to be more attuned to their fluid intake. ! 1. Do you eat more meals with poultry, lean meat, fish and plant (soy) proteins rather than steaks, roasts and other red meats? White meat of chicken or turkey and ocean-caught fish provide less fat and saturated fat than most cuts of red meat or pork. It is important to eat more of these “better-for-you” meats rather than highfat meats such as hot dogs, steaks and roasts and to balance your proteins by eating some plant proteins such as soy every day. 2. Do you eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and do you eat at least seven servings a day of these? It is important to eat at least seven servings per day of fruits and vegetables to get the fiber, vitamins and minerals these foods contain. Eat a wide range of different colored fruits and vegetables to get a variety of the thousands of substances only found in plants that help keep you healthy. 3. Do you consume primarily whole grains (100% whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice) rather than regular pasta, white rice and white bread? Processed and refined grains provide mainly starch as empty calories. It is important to get whole grain baked goods so that you get all the goodness from whole grains including the vitamins, fiber, and protein found in these important foods. 4. Do you eat ocean-caught fish at least three times a week? Ocean-caught fish have healthy fish oils that can help to reduce the risk of heart disease when eaten as part of a healthy diet. They are also generally lower in fat than other meats and can help you maintain a healthy body weight. 5. Do you avoid the intake of fried foods, dressings, sauces, gravies, butter and margarine? Fried foods, dressings, gravies, sauces, butter and margarine add lots of calories and saturated fat to your diet even when eaten in small amounts. Since it is difficult to control the portions you eat, it is best to avoid these foods as much as possible. 6. Is your digestive system free of indigestion or irregularity? Being regular is important in order to eliminate toxins from your body and healthy elimination can maintain a normal balance of cholesterol and other blood fats. Indigestion or irregularity can be avoided by eating 25 grams of fiber per day from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day and reducing stress through mild exercise or meditation. 7. Do you get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week? Getting exercise that stimulates your heart at least three to five times per week for a least 30 minutes will help keep your cardiovascular system healthy, help maintain a healthy body weight and can help reduce stress. 8. Do you maintain a stable and appropriate weight? Maintaining a healthy and appropriate weight can be achieved with regular exercise and following a diet that is based on low-fat proteins, fruits, vegetables and controlled portions of whole grain foods. Many people go through cycles of weight gain followed by quick weight loss, which can lead to loss of lean tissue and reduced metabolic rate. 9. Do you usually have time to prepare balanced meals, rather than take-out or eating on the run? With our busy lives, it is tempting to pick up prepared foods or fast foods, and we often eat while we are doing other activities. There are many convenience items, such as prewashed salad greens, frozen vegetables, pre-cut fruits and quick-cooking poultry portions that make healthy meals quick to put together. 10. Do you stay away from soda and typical snack foods throughout the day and after dinner? Snacking on healthy fruits and vegetables is one thing, but high-fat, high sugar treats are foods people may turn to out of stress, boredom or habit. Try replacing these foods with healthier snacks, or enjoy a hot cup of tea to help you relieve stress. 11. Are you free of water retention and bloating? Excess weight can sometimes simply be retained water. Bloating and swollen ring fingers are clues that this may be happening, and it is important to maintain normal water balance. 12. Do you have the energy and focus you need to meet your daily challenges? We all want to perform at our best during the day. Regular exercise and stress management can help you sleep better and feel rested and energized for the day. 13. Do you drink at least eight glasses of water a day? If you wait until you are thirsty before you drink water, you may already be slightly dehydrated. Your body requires water for many functions, and being well-hydrated helps keep your skin and other tissues healthy. 14. Are you getting your daily recommended allowance of Calcium? a. Men = 1,000mg b.Women under 50 = 1,200mg c.Women 50 and older = 1,500mg Calcium is important for bone health, and also helps to keep blood pressure in check. The best dietary sources are non-fat dairy products and calcium-fortified foods. Since most people don’t eat enough servings of dairy products daily, a combination of foods and supplements is often needed. 15. Are your blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol in the normal range? Elevated blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol can put you at risk for cardiovascular disease.Regular exercise and a low-fat diet rich in plant foods, fiber and healthy fats from fish can help control these factors. 16a. Men: Are you free from problems associated with your prostate such as slow urination or waking up at night to urinate? Waking up to urinate is a symptom that indicates that prostate enlargement may be affecting the ability to completely empty the bladder at night. Slow urination or a weak stream is another indication that the prostate may be enlarged. 16b. Women: Are you free from problems associated with your menstrual cycle/menopause such as mood changes, hot flashes or problems sleeping Sleep disturbances and hot flashes are indications of the effects of hormone changes with menopause in women over 50 years of age. Menstrual cycle symptoms occur in the last 10 days of the month due to changes in hormone levels and include swelling, mood changes, and breast tenderness. 1. Do you eat more meals with poultry, lean meat, fish and plant (soy) proteins rather than steaks, roasts and other red meats? 2. Do you eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and do you eat at least seven servings a day of these? 3. Do you consume primarily whole grains (100% whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice) rather than regular pasta, whiterice and white bread? 4. Do you eat ocean-caught fish at least 3 times a week? 5. Do you avoid the intake of fried foods, dressings, sauces,gravies, butter and margarine? 6. Is your digestive system free of indigestion or irregularity? 7. Do you get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week? 8. Do you maintain a stable and appropriate weight? 9. Do you usually have time to prepare balanced meals, rather than take out or eating on the run? 10. Do you stay away from soda and typical snack foods throughout the day and after dinner? 11. Are you free of water retention and bloating? 12. Do you have the energy and focus you need to meet your daily challenges? 13. Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? 14. Are you getting your daily recommended allowance of Calcium? a. Men = 1,000mg b. b.Women under 50 = 1,200mg c.Women 50 and older = 1,500mg 15. Are your blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol in the normal range? 16a. Men:Are you free from problems associated with your prostate such as slow urination or waking up at night to urinate? 16b. Women:Are you free from problems associated with your menstrual cycle/menopause such as mood changes, hot flashes or problems sleeping? Steps for Achieving Optimum Wellness: q Define Your Wellness Goals. q Have an evaluation of your personal wellness. q Identify key areas you need to impact to reach your wellness goals. q Get recommendations from your Personal Wellness Coach. q Make a plan of action that you can commit to. q Get the ongoing support you need to stay on your wellness track for a healthier future . Making the world healthier. Do you want to make healthy choices for yourself, but aren’t sure where to begin? Even when you commit to the right choice, you may need support following through and reaching your goals. That’s where your Personal Wellness Coach comes in. Work with your Personal Wellness Coach on maximizing the fundamentals of wellness • Balance Your Diet • Weight Management • Regular Exercise • Drinking Lots of Water • Personal Nutrition The goal of wellness is simple: to live healthier and feel better every day. Answered by Dorian Kansas 3 months ago.