More than one-third of U.S. adults struggle with obesity. Not only is this condition a problem in itself, but it can also lead to other conditions including Type-2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Fortunately, Dr. Otha Myles of Myles Healthcare in St. Louis, MO, helps patients of all ages maintain a healthy weight.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is diagnosed when a person’s body weight is 20 percent higher than normal weight. (Delete this sentence) Body Mass Index or BMI is used to measure obesity. A person is diagnosed as overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 30. A person is diagnosed as obese if their BMI is over 30.
What Causes Obesity?
Obesity is caused when you consume a greater number of calories than you burn off. This is usually due to over-eating and insufficient exercise, although there are other factors involved. These may include:
Age: As you age, your metabolic rate decreases, so you don’t need to consume as many calories to maintain your weight. This is the reason why people who eat and exercise in the same way at 40 years old as they did at 20 years old notice that they are gaining weight.
Gender: Women have a greater tendency to be overweight than men do. This is because, in general, men are able to burn off more energy while they are simply resting. Also, as women go through menopause, their rate of metabolism decreases.
Genetics: Obesity tends to run in families. If one of your biological parents is heavy as an adult, there is approximately a 75% chance that you will be heavy.
Physical activity: People who lead less active, more sedentary lifestyles tend to gain more weight than those who lead active lifestyles. Physical activity can benefit people suffering from obesity because exercise helps to reduce appetite and increases their metabolic rate.
Medication: Certain medications may cause excessive weight gain over time.
The Benefits of Weight Loss
If you’re obese or overweight, reducing your weight can have the following benefits:
- Reducing your risk of major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes
- Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Decreasing joint pain
- Improving your level of mobility
If you live in St. Louis and you suffer from obesity or you want to learn more about how weight loss can help you, contact Dr. Myles today at (314) 833-4001 to schedule an appointment.
Losing weight reduces your risk of develops serious diseases and health conditions that can shorten your life. Unfortunately, shedding extra pounds can be much harder than it sounds if you're overweight or obese. Your St. Louis, MO, primary care physician, Dr. Otha Myles, can help you create a weight loss plan that helps you safely lose weight.
How obesity affects your health
More adults are overweight and obese than ever in the U.S. In fact, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey discovered that two out of three adults were considered obese or overweight. Excess weight doesn't just affect your appearance but may increase your risk of developing:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Some forms of cancer
A visit to your St. Louis primary care doctor can help you lose weight
Some people drop a few extra pounds simply by skipping dessert occasionally. Many others aren't so lucky. If you've tried multiple diets, weight loss plans and exercise regimens with no success, you may be thinking that it's just not possible for you to lose weight.
Luckily, that's usually not the case. The problem may have been that your weight loss plan wasn't tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. When you visit your primary care physician for a weight loss consultation, you'll discuss:
- Your Medical History: You'll take about your medical history and any surgeries you've had. Chronic diseases and the medications you take can affect your weight and must be taken into account when you change your diet.
- Your Previous Weight Loss Attempts: Learning about the weight loss approaches that didn't work for you can help your doctor recommend a more effective method.
- Your Lifestyle: Any weight loss plan will need to take your lifestyle into considerations and consider such factors as your job, family situation, stress level, activity level and eating habits.
Once your doctor has a clear understanding of the challenges you face, he can help you create a realistic diet and exercise plan that will help you finally lose weight.
Are you frustrated because you can't lose weight? Call Dr. Myles, your primary care physician in St. Louis, MO at (314) 833-4001 to schedule an appointment.
Wheezing, coughing, tightness in your chest—these are the familiar symptoms of an asthma flare-up. Here at Myles Health Care in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Otha Myles and his team manage asthma so that patients can have a better quality of life. Read on to learn more about what asthma and what you can do to feel better.
What is asthma?
If you have asthma, you're not alone. More than 25 millions Americans of all ages and walks of life suffer from this chronic pulmonary condition, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
People with asthma have what's called a "reactive airway." In other words, their windpipes and lungs experience adverse reactions to environmental triggers, thus causing the airway to become inflamed, tight, and mucous-filled. The resulting symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing, particularly at night
- Increased respiratory rate
- A feeling of chest tightness
While mild asthma attacks may subside by themselves, many escalate and become life-threatening. Accordingly, close at-home and in-office monitoring of your asthma by your doctor at Myles Health Care in St. Louis is critical to your overall health and function.
These precipitating factors vary from person-to-person. They may include:
- Animal dander
- Pollution, such as car exhaust
- Changes in weather
- The flu or a cold
- Tobacco smoke
- Dust mites
Dr. Myles diagnoses asthma by symptoms, lung function tests, chest auscultation (listening to breath sounds), chest X-rays, and other tests as needed.
With this information, the doctor and patient can formulate an asthma action plan to avoid flare-ups and to manage them properly if they do occur. Along with the patient, family members, teachers, caregivers, and significant others should all understand the content of this plan, says the American Lung Association.
A critical component of asthma treatment is the avoidance of known triggers. Accordingly, it's helpful to note what you were doing and where you were when you started experiencing symptoms.
Additionally, Dr. Myles likely will prescribe medications to stop an asthma attack when it begins. These may be inhaled or be oral bronchodilators.
For the management of your asthma symptoms, you may use inhaled medication that combines a bronchodilator and steroid in mist or powdered form. Oral medications such as leukotriene inhibitors keep the smooth muscles of the airway relaxed, open, and functional. Your medications will be fine-tuned to your specific diagnosis, health history, and lifestyle.
Do you have asthma?
If you do, take it seriously, and know that the professional team here at Myles Health Care will help you deal with it and live well. For more information on asthma and other chronic health conditions, call our St. Louis office at (314) 833-4001.
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