Patient Education

Diet Control and Exercise

Diet control and exercise is the key to controling and reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. By focusing on diet and exercise it is possible to control of these issues without the need of medication. By focusing on the cause of these health issues we can avoid the need for "chemical medications".

Dr. Liang recommends:
  1. No Sweets! This includes artificial sweeteners in food and drinks. No candy and soda. Try to avoid cookies and other sweet snacks. Too much fruit may also increase appetite and cause weight gain.
  2. Low carbohydrate diet: Cut down on bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, pizza.
  3. Eat lots of vegetables!
  4. You need some fat in your diet. Vegetable oil is especially good for you. A Lack of oil/fat will make you hungry which makes it more difficult to avoid carbohydrates. Try to avoid animal fat.
  5. Routine moderate exercise is very important to maintaining a healthy weight and overall health. Watching you diet is not enough.

Risk factors for Heart Attack and Stroke   Risks of Long Term Uncontrolled Hypertension
High cholesterol
High triglyceride
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  Heart Damage
Kidney Damage
Aneurysms and Stroke
Eye damage
Risks of Being Overweight   
Heart Damage
Knee Damage
Lower Back Pain/Hip Pain
High Triglycerides and High Cholesterol

About High Cholesterol

High cholesterol, especially LDL and triglycerides are harmful to your health. It increases the chance of having a heart attack and a stroke. It is wise to take action to decrease your cholesterol level. Studies have shown that a low cholesterol, low carbohydrate diet and regular exercise may decrease the cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Medicine may be necessary if your cholesterol remains high despite your effort of diet and exercise. A blood test should be done every three months if you have high cholesterol or high triglycerides., specially if you are taking cholesterol medicine, to monitor the efficacy of the medication and the side effects of the medicine and your cholesterol level.

About Diabetes

High blood sugar level or diabetes imposes a high risk for heart attack and stroke. It may cause kidney damage, eye damage, blood vessel and nerve damage. Type two diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise along. Sometimes medication is necessary. It is very important to follow up the blood test every six weeks if your blood sugar is not controlled. Please make an appointment for a dietary consult at our clinic if you have not done so.

About High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Long term high blood pressure imposes a high risk for heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, eye damage, brain damage and stroke. It is very important to control your blood pressure to a normal range. High sodium diet, overweight, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, and smoking are the risk factors for hypertension. One should try efforts to reduce these risk factors.

high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes can be silent, if you do not check, you may not know. damage can be already done if you do not check it. That is why annual physical exams and blood test are so important.

Factors about Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption from the intestines to the blood stream. It also promotes calcium uptake by the bones to prevent osteoporosis. A major source of Vitamin D (D3) is produced from the skin via sunlight radiation. It is suggested that arms and legs are exposed to sunlight from 5-30 minutes 2-3 times per week is adequate.

Recent studies have shown Vitamin D deficiency can cause various health problems. Vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle weakness, osteoporosis, and is linked to osteoarthritis, diabetes, autoimmune disease, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Also, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. Vitamin D deficiency also decreases immunity. Both prospective and retrospective epidemiologic studies indicate that a level of Vitamin D below 20ng/mL is associated with a 30-50% increased risk of incidence of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. Vitamin D deficiency also increased the risk of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Foods with contents high in Vitamin D include salmon, sardines, tuna, sundried Shiitake mushrooms. Many foods are fortified with Vitamin D such as milk, orange juice and breakfast cereals.

For more information please refer to Review Article of Vitamin D Deficiency New England Journal of Medicine 2007; 357: 266-81

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Dr. Liang M.D. has more than thirty years experiences in practice of medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine...

At All care clinic, Dr. Liang offers a unique superior medical care specializing in primary care, herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment for variety of medical conditions.