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Your Healthy Family: 2017 Review healthy eating and weight loss with Dr. Kuzis

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As we close out 2017 I wanted to review a few of my favorite stories from the year that I think are worth repeating.  I believe some of the most important health stories are the most basic stories.  With New Years and those all too common weight loss resolutions coming up, back in January Dr. Karl Kuzis with UCHealth Memorial talked about why being close to our ideal weight is so important in terms of overall health and wellness.

“Being a data-oriented nerd I have to go back to the statistics and say ‘what kills people?’” said Kuzis, who practices family medicine at Printers Park Primary Care. “We in the United States are really paranoid about cancer, but when we look at cancer deaths, it's about 1.5 to 2 out of every 100 so it's a pretty low killer.  Cancer is horrible when it happens, and needs screening and prevention but it’s really a low number killer. The big killer in the United States is the combination of heart attack, diabetes and stroke.  It's a pretty good biology reason to lump those things together, and when you do you get four out of 10 adult deaths, so that is the big killer – 40 percent of the people you know who die this year in the United States will die from heart attack, diabetes and stroke.”

The first and biggest common risk factor of heart attack, diabetes and stroke is a pretty obvious one, says Dr. Kuzis.  “The first is really simply don't use tobacco products. Hands down that is the biggest risk for all three of those.”

After smoking Dr. Kuzis says there are two factors that are also key to good health: "Once you get past smoking, there are two factors that are competing, and the first is don't allow yourself to get to the point where you don't have muscle mass.  Don't get flabby because people that have muscle mass and are exercising on a regular basis are protected from heart attack, diabetes and stroke.  The factor that competes with being flabby is don't let your weight drift up.  If you're up over ‘ideal’, then that is a controllable risk factor that doesn't depend on family - it depends on your own behaviors and is one you can definitely take charge of and bring in a different direction to change your risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke."

When you take the time to consider the statistics and health issues tied to being overweight that might provide some motivation to exercise a little moderation between now and that possible New Year's weight loss resolution in your near future.

To see the series of stories Dr. Kuzis did with me last January, follow the links below.

Benefits of weighing food portions


Know thyself, in terms of your eating habits


How to stay off the weight loss roller coaster


Managing fitness and healthy eating, what you think is so important, may not be


Don’t be too quick to judge your eating habits


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