Weight can be an indicator of overall health, especially were you’re carrying it. A disproportionate amount of belly fat is a stronger indicator than just obesity of your risk for having type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. This is because fat cells can increase hormones and inflammatory substances. Measuring belly fat is done by measuring at the level of the belly button, making sure the measuring tape is straight. If it is over than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women consider trying to come up with a weight loss plan with your doctor.More
Pilates is a century old form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. Its’ purpose is to build strength and endurance in the core(abdominals, low back, hips, and glutes) allowing for stability, control, and flexibility. It can be done on a mat on the floor or with equipment such as the reformer machine. Pilates aims to work on breathing, alignment, control, core or powerhouse, balance, and coordination. People who perform Pilates regularly note increased posture, endurance, smaller waist lines, and less pain.More
A study published over 5 years ago showed that patients who had congestive heart failure had a 11% reduction in deaths and hospitalizations if they were exercising 3 times a week. The reductions were found after only 12 weeks!
So why don’t we prescribe medically supervised exercise more?
We do! For years Medicare would not cover it and I have found that almost every patient refused to pay for it “out of pocket”. Our own Cardiac Rehab failed only because we could not get third party reimbursement.
According to a front page article in the Wall Street Journal, it looks like Medicare may start to cover Cardiac Rehabilitation.
So I guess our government has finally figured out that it is cheaper to spend a couple hundred dollars/month on exercise than $250,000++ on hospital bills!
Harvey Mishner, MDMore