April 20, 2023
Health is an aspect that we must take care of everyday to develop an adequate quality of life; adopting customs and good habits that help us to our well-being, both physical and mental. On this occasion, Dr. María José Seminario, specialist in general medicine at Plaza Lima Sur Medical Center of Clinica Ricardo Palma, will offer us 5 keys to achieve good health.
1. Do regular physical activity
Staying active reduces the risk of heart disease, possible stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndromes. Therefore, it is recommended to perform at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
2. Sleep well
Sleep allows the body to revitalize, renew, and replenish itself; providing many health benefits, such as:
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
3. Maintain proper nutrition and weight
According to the CDC, as weight increases to levels of overweight and obesity, the risks of several diseases also increase. For this reason, it is advisable to carry out physical activity together with a balanced diet, increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables and introducing fiber into the diet to improve intestinal transit. For example, the WHO mentions that reducing the consumption of sugars from the daily diet by only 5% would have great health benefits.
4. Manage stress and take care of mental health
The World Federation for Mental Health provides some advice for taking care of mental health:
5. Get regular medical checkups
It is advisable to have a complete medical check-up every year after the age of 50, or earlier if there is a history of any pre-existing pathology. Tests as simple as an analysis, taking blood pressure or gynecological examinations are essential for the prevention of diseases.
Dr. María José Seminario
Specialist in general medicine at Plaza Lima Sur Medical Center of Clinica Ricardo Palma