10 Ways to Live Longer
“IT’S NOT THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE THAT COUNTS. IT’S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS.”
– ABRAHAM LINCOLN
You may be able to extend
your lifespan – and bring Your health partners
more vitality to each day – at Beloit Health System
with the following tips. want you to live a long
Your health partners at and productive life by
Beloit Health System implementing these tips.
want you to live a long
and productive life by Dr. Prakshep Bhatt, Internal Medicine
implementing these tips.
1. DON’T SMOKE
“Cigarette smoking accounts for nearly one of every five deaths in the U.S.,”
states Dr. Prakshep Bhatt, Internal Medicine at Beloit Health System. In
fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that tobacco
use causes more deaths each year than human immunodeficiency virus
(HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and
murders combined. If you currently smoke, talk to your doctor about
smoking cessation programs, or visit www.smokefree.gov.
2. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
“Being overweight or obese raises your risk of heart disease, type 2
diabetes, certain kinds of cancer, hypertension and stroke. All very serious
conditions,” reminds Dr. Bhatt. As we age, our metabolisms slow, making
it more difficult to prevent unwanted weight gain. Control your portion
PG sizes and the number of calories you consume, and get adequate physical
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4 activity, to help you achieve your goal.
“Getting enough exercise is one of the best steps you can take to protect
PG your health,” Dr. Bhatt adds. People who are physically active for about
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are active for less than 30 minutes a week.
A mix of cardiovascular exercise (such as walking briskly) and balance/
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7 muscle-strengthening activities (such as yoga) can help protect your joints,
alleviate arthritis symptoms, prevent falls and lower your risk of a fracture,
should a fall occur. Exercise can also help you prevent unwanted weight
gain, depression and insomnia. Talk to your doctor to help figure out what
forms of exercise might be best for you.
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4. GET ENOUGH SLEEP traveling overseas) can greatly reduce
“Inadequate sleep makes it more difficult for your chances of becoming ill, and – in the
the body to fight infection and maintain a event that you do get sick – minimize your Whether you’re looking for a physician
healthy metabolism. Fatigue and sleepiness symptoms and risk of complications. or want to find ways to put some of
also raise the risk of being involved in an these tips into action, we can help.
7. BE SAFE BEHIND THE WHEEL
accident. If left untreated, sleep disorders Visit www.BeloitHealthSystem.org
To lower your risk of being injured or killed for free educational seminars or a
raise the risk of heart disease, high blood
in a serious car accident, remember to physician.
pressure, obesity and diabetes,” Dr. Bhatt
always wear your seatbelt and know the
states. Try to carve out enough time to
rules of the road. You can also lower your
unwind and get more sleep. If you still
chances of being in an accident if you avoid
struggle to feel rested, talk to your doctor water (or other low-calorie beverage) with
driving at night, in heavy traffic and on
about whether you may suffer from a each meal, between each meal and before,
unfamiliar roads. Consider taking a driving
condition such as sleep apnea or restless during and after exercise. Your hydration
refresher course, and talk to your doctor
legs syndrome. needs may vary depending on your activity
and/or a loved one about finding alternative
5. EAT A HEALTHY DIET transportation if you ever question your level, health condition, the climate where
Over time, our tastes can change. In some ability to drive. you live and other factors. Experts suggest
cases, medication side effects, chewing either avoiding alcohol, or only drinking it
8. MANAGE STRESS in moderation – up to one drink a day for
problems, financial concerns or cooking
“Everyone experiences occasional stress,” women or two drinks a day for men. Talk
for only one or two people can take the
says Dr. Bhatt. “But long-term stress to your doctor for more information.
enjoyment out of eating well. But it’s always
can increase your risk of heart disease,
important to follow a nutritious diet. Strive to 10. BUILD AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL
depression and other conditions.” Embrace
eat vegetables and fruits of different colors CONNECTIONS
healthy ways to relax and recharge, such as
and types, and opt for whole grains when Researchers found that people with poor
going for a walk, talking about your feelings,
possible. Try to limit your intake of foods social connections had a 50% higher
listening to soothing music, writing in a
high in sugar, saturated fats and trans fats. chance of death during the time period
journal or watching a comedy. If necessary,
studied, on average, than people with
6. GET REGULAR SCREENINGS AND talk to your doctor about counseling and/or
IMMUNIZATIONS stronger social connections. Contact
Screenings may help find diseases or someone you care about and reconnect.
conditions early, when they are easier 9. LOOK AT YOUR LIQUIDS If you’re looking for ways to make new
to treat and before symptoms begin. Water is essential to good health and is vital social connections, consider volunteering,
Immunizations such as a yearly flu shot for the body to function properly. To prevent taking a class and/or joining a community
(and/or appropriate vaccinations before dehydration, consider drinking a glass of organization.
Beloit Health System Lifeline Is Now AlertLine!
What is AlertLine? AlertLine is the new name for the emergency personal response
program previously known as Lifeline. The goal at Beloit Health System’s AlertLine is to
provide peace of mind knowing that help is just minutes away for our subscribers. Keeping
with the advances in the response service industry, we now offer new equipment and a
new name – Beloit Health System AlertLine.
Same service, same cost, same people!
“We are confident that our customers will find the new equipment easy to use and the
conversion to AlertLine beneficial,” explains Judy Simonds, AlertLine Coordinator. “We will
continue to monitor the AlertLine alarms here at Beloit Health System with local people
assisting you. Our staff will remain the same, home visits will continue at no charge and in
a timely manner.”
If you have any questions, please contact Beloit Health System’s AlertLine office at
Judy Simonds, AlertLine Coordinator; Lucille Braden, (608) 364-5480. Information can also be found at www.BeloitHealthSystem.org.
volunteer installer; and Sue Beeman, Alertline Assistant