The Nutrition service at Clinica Ricardo Palma offers several alternatives in diets aimed at patients diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, obesity, among other pathologies that demand a healthy diet. “In our country, more than 60% of Peruvians over 15 years of age suffer from overweight or obesity, which could seriously compromise their health in the event of contracting COVID-19,” says María Teresa Zumarán, a nutritionist at our institution, who highlights some habits that will help us to have a good diet:
- Always have breakfast. Daily breakfast allows us to better control weight, as it will help regulate appetite and food intake throughout the day, especially at night.
- Eat without haste and at set times. It is important to respect the times in which we eat our meals, as well as to be careful with the amount and type of food to eat. Eating in a hurry denotes stress and anxiety, which can cause us to overeat without requiring it.
- Eat food low in sugar and saturated fat. Excess sugar in the diet predisposes to diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. Excess saturated fat can lead to high cholesterol.
- Doing exercises. The regular practice of physical exercise increases the so-called good cholesterol (HDL), reduces blood triglycerides, strengthens the muscles and contributes to well-being, relieving stress
- Eat fruits and vegetables daily. These provide us with vitamins and antioxidants, as they are rich in fiber, helping to keep us hydrated and protecting us from diseases.
- Drinking water. Water regulates our temperature and prevents constipation. Proper hydration helps to keep the skin smooth and young, preventing it from wrinkling and cracking easily.
It is never too late to change bad habits and improve your diet, remember to seek specialized advice from a nutritionist.
Dr. María Teresa Zumarán
Nutritionist at Clinica Ricardo Palma