General Health Friday November 30, 2012

There is no escaping exercise and healthy living

Exercise is very important for everybody, in particular people with high cholesterol, according to one US study involving veterans. The research showed that people who just used statins and didn’t exercise didn’t experience the same cholesterol lowering benefit as those people who exercised. However, when statins and exercise where combined the results were significant.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody using statins. Ideally your doctor should have advised you that you should exercise, if possible, as well as use the statin that has been prescribed to you. This is the case with any lifestyle disease, although it’s often easy to assume that, if you are taking medications, there is no need to make any other adjustments.

Lifestyle conditions or diseases, by this I mean high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity, are becoming more prevalent with more and more people requiring treatment. There are even those experts that believe that all people over 50 could benefit from using medications such as statins to help keep cholesterol under control. This is largely due to the fact that, with age, it’s more likely that you’ll have high levels of bad cholesterol present in your body. You’ll also be more likely to have high blood pressure. Both these conditions are also connected to type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Most of the time, conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and obesity stem from an unhealthy lifestyle, without enough exercise and a diet that’s high saturated fats. So it just seems logical that the first thing that should change when you are diagnosed with any of these conditions is your lifestyle. If you aren’t exercising enough this should be changed and if you are a little too indulgent with your diet, alterations should also be made to what you are eating.

Often times, however, it’s assumed that people with these health conditions are handed treatment without being instructed on what else to do, in particularly by the media. However, as a general rule, with some conditions, providing that your health isn’t at too high a risk, a doctor will recommend that you try and take steps to live healthier first, before recommending a treatment. This is even the case in men with impotence. If a man who is smoking is diagnosed with impotence it’s unlikely that he’ll be prescribed with a treatment such as Viagra if he doesn’t give up smoking.

Most research shows that it ‘s highly beneficial for patients to supplement prescription treatments with lifestyle adjustments. It would be ideal if we could manage all conditions without the need of prescription treatment, but I think that we tend to demonize prescription treatments, particularly ones for cholesterol, unnecessarily. They most definitely are a requirement for some patients and if anything, misconceptions about treatment and the extent of its benefit arise due to a lack of patient knowledge about their condition.

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