10 Ways To Live Longer by BeloitHealth


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									                                                                                          SUMMER/FALL 2012

                                     ESI WHTLAEH

                                     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.
                                     3. EXERCISE
                                     “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

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