What you eat affects your health and may increase your risk of chronic disease and early death. Jacqueline D. Howard, MD, MBA, at Oasys Preventive Health Services in Denver believes preventive care is the best care and offers nutrition counseling to help you understand the role diet plays in your health and wellness. To learn more about the connection between nutrition and health, call the office today or book an appointment online.
The food you eat provides your body with the energy and nutrients it needs for optimal functioning. Nutrition refers to the balance of foods your body needs to meet your specific energy and nutrient needs to achieve this level of functioning.
What you eat, or don’t eat, has a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. Unhealthy food choices increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Improving your nutrition helps prevent chronic disease, improve health, lift your energy, and simply help you feel better.
At Oasys Preventive Health Services, Dr. Howard combines her Western medicine background with traditional Chinese medicine so you get care focused on your whole health, not just your symptoms or disease. This philosophy is why she made nutrition such a significant part of her practice.
When you come in for nutrition counseling, you get more than a boiler-plate diet plan. Dr. Howard conducts a comprehensive evaluation to understand you, your health, your lifestyle, and how it impacts your food choices and nutrition needs. She may also conduct a physical examination to get a general sense of your overall health, which may help direct her nutrition plan for you.
After she completes her evaluation, she works one-on-one with you to develop a nutrition plan that promotes your overall health. Her plan includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups so your body gets the nutrition it needs for optimal health and functioning. To help you stay on track, she has you come back to the office periodically to see how you’re doing.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of many chronic conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Improving your nutrition may help reduce your cravings for unhealthy food and also improve your energy levels so you can up your daily activity and improve your weight-loss efforts.
If you struggle with your weight, Dr. Howard provides a specific nutrition plan geared toward weight loss to help you achieve your goals. Even losing as little as 10% of your current weight can improve your overall health and well-being.
Nutrition is the cornerstone to good health. To schedule a nutrition consultation, call Oasys Preventive Health Services today or book an appointment online.