- On February 15, 2017
NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Dr. Ying Hensel answers questions for February’s Heart Health month. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Ying Hensel is a member of NorthShore University HealthSystem and believes in prevention as the base for good health.
Q: Do you see a surge in well visits/check-ups in February?
No, not at all. But, those with appointments are showing increased interest in their cholesterol numbers (LDL HDL).
Q: What are the top three things you’d like patients to focus on as part of Heart Health Month?
-Physical activity is number one (take a 30-minute walk or make sure to take 10,000 steps daily.
-Try a Mediterranean diet or a diet rich in whole grains.
-A good night sleep. Try to follow a regular sleep schedule 7-9 hours per night to allow the body to recharge.
Q: What is the number one thing people can do to keep healthy in 2017?
Daily exercise- physical activity with moderate intensity (like dancing, Tai Chi or walking).
Q: What’s the biggest misconception about Heart Health?
Trying to use supplements to replace diet and exercise.
Q: What three things can patients do to maximize their time with their physician?
-Come prepared with notes.
-Think about the purpose of your visit and share with your physician.
-Bring a list of ALL of your medications and supplements (as a matter of fact, put them all in a bag & bring them with you).
Q: Do you have any tips for people who may be struggling with New Year’s resolutions to make healthy choices (exercise and diet)?
Set goals that are attainable and realistic. If your resolution is diet, stick with it for 30 days. Studies have shown that if you stick with something for 30 days it become habitual. Same for exercise. Baby steps….
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