Since this is still the beginning of the new year, I would like to share some basic guidelines that I give my patients who need to lose weight OR simply need to eat healthier. There are principles here for all of us, including toddlers and young children. Many of the parents who come to see me read the rules and tell me that they are going to follow them, too! That’s the best idea — total family involvement. Nothing that I have written will be a surprise and all of my tips are simply a summary of what you have probably already heard, but need to be encouraged to DO!
I had the pleasure of visiting with the parents of a heart patient from Brazil last week.
They searched for Texas Adult Congenital Heart Disease on the internet and found our Heart Center. The mother and father were concerned about their teenage son, who is having increased shortness of breath and fast, irregular heartbeats. I reassured them that we could help them diagnose and treat anything that was wrong with their son.
As I mentioned in my last post, weight gain and nutrition are commonly encountered concerns in patients with twins.
One of the questions I’m commonly asked by patients with twin pregnancies is “how much weight should I gain?”
Tobacco dependence is a severe chronic illness. It reduces sports performance, stains fingers and teeth, increases cough, increases asthma, and decreases senses of taste and smell. Over the long term it causes cancer, heart disease, strokes, impotence, premature aging and early death. It harms not just the health of the smoker, but everyone around them.