“Obesity begins everything,” says Dr. Om Ganda, endocrinologist and a site investigator on an upcoming trial, REDUCE-IT, a cardiovascular outcomes study.
Patients give the “too busy with work” line as defense all the time. Many of them don’t realize that they have used this excuse for far too long and they have pre-diabetes, which is three times as common as diabetes, Dr. Ganda says.
The idea is to improve one’s health and lifestyle. Diseases and chronic conditions can cause few to no symptoms. Other factors such as high blood pressure and weight gain are sometimes attributed to bad eating habits as opposed to an illness that is already doing damage to your body.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, where one in three die of cardiovascular disease each year -- 1 death every 38 seconds, Dr. Ganda says.
Little lifestyle changes at a time make a huge difference, Dr. Ganda says. One can take many preventable measures, even is genetics is an issue. It’s best to start early to prevent a lot of possible hardships down the road.
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