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Broken neck, extra weight, high blood pressure. Diet for weight loss ?

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hello I am 60 years old and 80 lbs over weight i broke my neck 20 years ago so getting around is hard for me I must loose this weight it is causing high blood pressure and other problems i need a diet that works also I do not smoke or drink
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Weight Loss
Answered by Dr. Deepak Anvekar 5 hours later

Thanks for your query.

Weight loss in elderly individuals with lack of proper ability to work out or exercise regularly could be achieved to a certain extent with a low fat and a low carbohydrate diet.

Here is a brief outline of a low fat diet components.

A low cholesterol diet is not hard to follow. When you are shopping for such foods, be sure to look at ‎the labels and choose those with low cholesterol content. Keep the following in mind:‎

‎1. Always eat plenty of fruits and vegetables--they are low in calories and fat. Additionally, these ‎delicious foods will not raise your cholesterol levels.‎

‎2. FATS AND OILS: Try to lower your intake of saturated fats, since consuming foods with these fats ‎could raise your cholesterol levels and place you at a higher risk of acquiring heart disease. ‎

When cooking with oils, you should use olive and canola oils, which are particularly high in ‎monounsaturated fats or vegetable oil, which is high in polyunsaturated fats. Unlike saturated and trans ‎fats, unsaturated fats can help lower your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.‎

‎3. Breads and Grains: Use whole grain foods instead of foods containing white flour. Recent studies ‎have indicated that ingesting high amounts of carbohydrates can also raise cholesterol levels and ‎increase your risk of heart disease - especially if you have diabetes.‎

‎4. Dairy : Use low fat or skim dairy products instead of regular, full-fat ones. You'll find that not only ‎does this decrease your risk for heart disease, but it is also friendly to your waistline as well!‎

‎5. Meats: Cook with lean meats, such as chicken, fish or XXXXXXX instead of red meat. Leaner meats will ‎not raise your cholesterol levels as much as red meat. On fattier cuts of meat, make sure that you trim ‎the fat off before consuming it.‎

I can provide more details and help. But this would need a few more details including your height, weight, any other medical conditions (other than hypertension), dietary preferances, etc.

I shall provide additional details once you provide the above details.

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Follow-up: Broken neck, extra weight, high blood pressure. Diet for weight loss ? 3 hours later
Hi Dr. Anvekar,
Well all in all my other health problems are very few. I do have high blood pressure and a lot of authritious from all the broken bones. Other than cronic pain and daily constpation and headaches that are so bad at times I have to lay down with the lights off and a cold cloth on my forhead. Also when the headaches are at their worst my left eye gets red and tears there is a ringing in my ears that sounds like a fax machine when trying to connect. I have also had several operations over the years just a few of the latest ones are a hernia was repaired on the left groin, a disc was removed from my throsatic spine #4 and between #5. One of the pins in my left ankle had gotten infected and had to be removed my knees were replaced and the left on had gone bad so it was replaced again. The roof of my mouth had to be opened to remove an absess from a broken tooth root I am always on a antibotic of some kind.
Answered by Dr. Deepak Anvekar 24 hours later
Hi again,

Thanks for writing back to me.

The headache and the the associated symptoms you mentioned do make me suspicious on a fact that you could be having cluster headache.Do consult your nearest doctor and discuss the same with him after which he examines you to confirm the same and puts you on appropriate treatment .

Need not worry , though the previous surgeries you had may make you not so completely normal and can be a reason for you getting over weight but working out and following the diet i explained above will make you perfect.

Be determined and hold confidence in yourself.

Wish you good health.

Take care.
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