The Surprising Health Benefits of Exercise

ExerciseWith people in Canada looking for ways to live longer and have more energy, regular exercise is the key to optimal health. Not only does it keep you fit, but it has also been shown to warn off depression, strengthen bones, and improve digestion. People who exercise regularly also have a lower risk of mental decline, Alzheimer’s and mental illness.

In addition to treating patients with maladies such as the flu or common cold, Dr. Ali Ghahary, an accomplished family physician at Brentwood Medical Clinic in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, also helps to manage his patients’ health by suggesting various lifestyle changes, including exercise.

Just 1.5 hours of exercise per week can reduce the risk of premature death by 20 percent. If you exercise five hours per week, risk of death at an early age decreases as much as 34 percent. A carefully planned workout routine can add years to your life and also lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and colon cancer. Exercise is a simple, effective way for Canadians and individuals all over the world to boost their health and prevent chronic diseases.

fitnessThe brain also benefits significantly from a challenging workout. Studies have indicated that physical activity not only improves cognitive function, but also reduces anxiety and minimizes the detrimental effects that stress can oftentimes have on the body. Children and adolescents who exercise a few times a week have also been shown to perform better in school than those with a sedentary lifestyle, and active adults have higher levels of GABA, a chemical in the brain that improves the mood and wards off anxiety. Physical exercise also stimulates the formation of new brain cells, helping to improve learning functions and problem solving skills.

Overall, regular exercise can make you healthier, happier, smarter, and more productive – all you need is a minimum of 30 minutes each day in order to reap the benefits.


Living With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Ali Ghahary, a general practitioner in Burnaby, British Columbia at Brentwood Medical Clinic, treats patients of all ages who suffer from wide-ranging health problems including diabetes.

Living With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

The most common types of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1, typically affecting people under the age of 30, occurs when little to no insulin gets released into the body, causing a build-up of sugar as a result. In effort to help keep blood sugar at the correct levels, it is treated with a combination of insulin and appropriate meal planning. Foods recommended for Type 1 diabetes are those with a low glycemic index such as wholegrain breads, whole-wheat pasta, lentils, chicken and fish – while sweets, butter/margarine and alcohol should be avoided.

Type 2 is generally seen in adults over the age of 40 and is the more common of the two as 90 to 95 percent of those diagnosed as diabetic are diagnosed as being Type 2. It occurs when the body is unable to manufacture enough insulin or is unable to use the insulin that it releases accordingly. This is also known as something called insulin insensitivity. In addition to the use of insulin, Type 2 diabetes is also managed with several health and lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight loss.

Checking and controlling your blood glucose levels on a regular basis to ensure that they are within the target range (4.0-7.0 mmol/L before meals, 5.0-10.0 mmol/L two hours after meals) is essential to your health. If you become shaky, irritable, confused, lightheaded, nauseous, or have a rapid heartbeat, this may be a sign of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and is critical to treat quickly. Symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) include weakness, fatigue, blurred vision and frequent urination.

Ignoring the signs of diabetes and leaving the condition untreated can lead to serious health complications including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, stroke, and nerve damage.