Although the best way to find out if you need to completely change your current diet due to health issues is to talk to a doctor, there are a few ways you can tell if you are having certain symptoms of diet related health problems. Some of these health problems can include obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, insomnia, and sleep apnea. Some conditions go unnoticed, such as high blood pressure, until it’s too late because they may not have apparent symptoms. If you think you may have any of these health issues talk to your doctor. Here are a few different things that may be indicating you have certain health issues related to your diet.
1. Obesity- At an early childhood age, obesity may not be recognized until the child is having problems such as sleep apnea and problems breathing, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This preventable health condition effects a third of Americans these days and when left untreated can lead to heart disease, stroke, and even sometimes cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov). As managing the obesity of children can vary greatly from child to child, they should be seen by a doctor to determine a healthy diet for them. Obesity is greater among girls than boys (New York Department of Health, www.healthy.ny.gov) and becomes more common as the children become adults. If you think you may be overweight, remove foods such as fast foods, anything high in carbohydrates, sugar, and fatty meats from your diet and replace them with healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables, skim milk, cereals and wheat products, and lean meats such as fish and chicken,.
2. High Cholesterol- If you have too much cholesterol it can build up in your arteries. It sticks to the walls of the arteries and if left untreated can cause heart attacks or strokes. If you are having heart attack symptoms, such as pain in your chest, call the hospital immediately.
Although we need some cholesterol to survive, any types of food that contain high levels of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol are not good for healthy cholesterol levels. While HDL is the healthy cholesterol, the kind that helps eliminate fat from our blood, we need to have lower levels of LDL, or the bad cholesterol. Get a cholesterol test done at the hospital and make sure your cholesterol levels are healthy. A healthy LDL level is under 200 (WebMD.com). While high cholesterol levels may not show physical symptoms, some people with lipid disorders may have bumps in the hands or feet, caused by high cholesterol. If you think or if your doctor has determined that your cholesterol levels are too high you should avoid foods like fried foods or fast foods. Instead, replace them with foods like apples, broccoli and cauliflower, non-fat cheese and skim milk, chicken, fish, or turkey breast, rice, and foods made from oats.
3. Diabetes- Some of the symptoms of diabetes can include urinating often, being thirsty a lot or even being hungry although you have already eaten or are eating. You should talk to your doctor first if you think you may have diabetes. If you have or think you may have diabetes you should stay away from foods like candy, pancake syrup, bacon and other fatty meats, French fries and other fried foods, snack foods like pretzels, whole milk and white breads. Try to eat more foods like raisins, whole wheat bread, fish, and drink more skim milk and juices (www.joybeaur.com).
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