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Achieve a healthy lifestyle through family and primary care physicians

Dr. Manjula Raghuthu

Dr. Manjula Raghuthu

by Dr. Manjula Raghuthu
The best way to lead a healthy life is to incorporate a suitable life style with proper diet and fitness. It is important to know what’s good for you and your family’s health is through your family doctor or primary care physician, who can guide you and your loved ones to keep you informed and prevent any health complications.
A new study shows those who avoid risky health behaviors tend to live a long life. Perhaps more importantly, those extra years are characterized by good health. Examples of such “risky health behaviors” include smoking, consuming an excess of alcohol and eating to the point of reaching obesity. The study’s results show avoiding such behaviors leads to an increased lifespan of seven years.
Nutrition is key to prevent most health issues and to make the most to lead an active life. Exercising keeps your body in check and helps your body to function most efficiently. The unfortunate truth is that many people consume this nutritious vegetable mainly in the form of ketchup.
The appeal of tomato consumption is rooted in the vegetable’s ability to combat the onset of skin cancer tumors. In fact, a recent study performed at the Ohio State University determined the daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the development of skin cancer tumors by 50 percent. It is well known that a diet with adequate fiber assists in keeping people “regular.” Increased dietary fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and has been shown to lower blood pressure.
The researchers explored the relationship between carbohydrate nutrition and healthy aging. The factors they examined included total carbohydrate intake, total fiber intake, glycemic index and load, and sugar intake. The fiber made the greatest difference in what the researchers called “successful aging”. They defined “successful aging” as including an absence of disability, cognitive impairment, depressive symptoms, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer coronary artery disease, and stroke.
Dr. Manjula Raguthu has been a family physician for 26 years. She is specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, American Physicians of Indian Origin, Texas Academy of family Physicians and American Anti-Aging Academy. She takes a holistic approach to health, uses Bio identical hormones and integrative therapies to achieve optimal health for her patients. Visit www.medwinfamily.com for more details.

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