Mercy Internist Dr. Marc Leavey Provides "Common Sense" Tips To Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle
Mercy internist Dr. Marc Leavey of Lutherville Personal Physicians www.luthervilledocs.com
Many people struggle with understanding the best ways to stay healthy, but a local doctor has some common sense tips to help stay on track.
According to Mercy internist Dr. Mark I. Leavey of Lutherville Personal Physicians, staying healthy includes telling your doctors about all of the medications and supplements you take to avoid dangerous interactions.
"It's very, very important to tell your health care provider all the medications, all the supplements, all the vitamins and all the herbal products that you're taking because they all do have an effect, even if they're natural or over-the-counter. Even if you don't think it matters, mention it," he said.
When it comes to diet and exercise, the answer is simple.
"Everybody wants to know what kind of diet they should follow. Should I be on a high-fat or a low-fat or a high-carb or a low-carb diet? Many, many studies throughout the years have supported that all that matters is that you eat less food. Calories count," Dr. Leavey said. "If you eat less calories and you exercise more, that's going to help you lose weight and be healthier."
So how much should you exercise?
"If you can do it three days a week, great. If you do it five days a week, even better. It should be continuous for at least a half an hour, and you really want to work up a little bit of a sweat to the limits of your tolerance," Dr. Leavey said.
Dawn Macreadie, 39, never thought she'd walk again. Blood clots in her legs and other related problems over the past few months forced her to re-examine her health habits.
"I definitely have to be much more strict about my medication management, my diet -- especially because of the medication I'm on -- and also an exercise plan," she said.
Macreadie took Dr. Leavey's advice very seriously.
"Your life can change in a minute – literally -- and so trying to do as much proactively as you can for your health rather than waiting until it happens is very significant," she said.
Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at www.mdmercy.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.
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