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Make 2024 your healthiest year yet

Dr. Gurugubelli
Dr. Simhachalam Gurugubelli

Health is a journey, not a destination. If you have your sights set on a healthier you next year, use this month to start planning how you’ll achieve your health-related goals.

Dr. Simhachalam Gurugubelli, an internal medicine specialist at Memorial, received training in obesity medicine at Harvard. This training makes him one of the very few internal medicine physicians in the nation who have specialized in obesity medicine. Weight management isn’t the only consideration when it comes to overall wellness, though. Below, Dr. Gurugubelli shares his top tips for better health!

Set realistic goals

The first step in your planning should be the development of goals that you can achieve. These goals can be developed with your healthcare provider, and you should set specific time frames for when you want to achieve them. Dr. Gurugubelli adds, “Have a positive attitude, do not get discouraged with temporary setbacks, and always have your long-term goals in mind.”

Prevention takes action

Don’t wait until something feels off to take care of yourself. One of the biggest disservices women – and men – can do for their health is avoiding important preventative steps, like annual screenings.

“Getting periodic prevention screenings like a mammogram, pap smear, and DEXA (bone density) scans for osteoporosis are key to promoting overall well-being,” shares Dr. Gurugubelli. Memorial offers discounts on mammography and DEXA scans here.

Ditch the screen and take some steps  

Physical activity is critical for improved health. Dr. Gurugubelli adds, “Exercise is known to provide a plethora of health-related benefits like better heart, lung, and bone health. Set up a daily routine that fits your schedule and be consistent!” Make sure to work with your healthcare provider if you are starting a new exercise routine.

Prioritize your mental health

Take care of your mental health by seeking therapy or counseling when needed. Talking to a professional can help you cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Adequate sleep is also crucial for improved mental health. “Try breathing exercises to relax yourself and avoid caffeine late in the evening for better sleep,” says Dr. Gurugubelli.

If you smoke, consume excess alcohol, or indulge in unhealthy habits, now is the time to quit or cut back.

By taking these steps, you can make 2024 a year of personal growth, self-discovery, and a healthier, happier you. Embrace the new year with open arms, and your well-being will thank you for it.

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