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    Dr. Dominguez January Medical Updates

    Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 by Dr. Michael Dominguez

    With a new year ahead, many of us make resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. Just in case you are having trouble thinking of things to do, I thought I would use this month’s article to offer suggestions about ways to improve yourself, your family and your community.

                                                                                               

    Take care of yourself: There is no way to take care of your family or help your community if you don’t take care of yourself first. Resolution ideas include eating healthier and being more active, getting a check-up and those preventive tests done—pap smears, mammograms and colonoscopies. So many of us have issues with weight and poor exercise habits that it wouldn’t take much to improve a little in the coming year. Eat a little less and be a little more active. I park far away at the mall or HEB so that I get a few more steps in during the day.

     

    Another idea is to accept the conditions we have and take the steps to control them. I hear often from patients that they don’t like taking medicine. The problem is that their blood pressure is high or their diabetes is out of control. Taking a pill or two or five a day should seem like such an easy thing to do when the alternative is going blind or losing a foot to diabetes, or their life to a stroke or heart attack.

     

    Take care of your family: We need to pay attention to what our children eat and what they do during the day. As a busy parent, it is often easier to pick up fast food on the way home instead of cooking. While it is easier, it certainly isn’t best. Numerous stories came out last year about how many calories are in the kid’s meals at restaurants. Avoidance would be the key word in this case, not just cutting down. The benefit is that your kids will have a better chance to be at a healthy weight and grow normally. Equally rewarding is to just spend time with your kids. I don’t remember many of the gifts I received as a child, but I do remember my dad coming home to play catch with me.

     

    Finally, take time this year to look outside of yourself and your family. No one person can meet every need in a community or neighborhood, but everyone can do something. My pastor, Max Lucado, wrote a book this year titled “Outlive Your Life.” In it, he challenges us all to make an impact in our world that will have an effect long after we are gone. Some suggestions involve giving money, but most involve giving time to help or listen when needed. Other things are simply being there with a shoulder for someone to cry or lean on. Or, from October’s article, learn how to save a life with Harper’s Embrace Lifesaving Program (210-804-4357). That would be a wonderful way to outlive your life.

    Michael Dominguez, MD, FAAFP is board certified in Family Medicine. His office is located at HealthTexas Medical Group, 590 N. General McMullen, 78228, phone: 210-249-0212. 

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