Why lifestyle change is better than medicines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2014 03:18 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2014 08:19 PM

MANILA -- Making small changes in your lifestyle can save you from life-threatening diseases, according to a medical expert.

In an interview on radio DZMM, Dr. Nick Cruz, a cardiologist, explained the symptoms and the other disorders that constitute cardiometabolic syndrome.

The disease became an issue after some online articles said eating noodles can cause cardiometabolic syndrome.

Cruz explained that this disease is merely a collective term for several common disorders, which include diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, obesity, and others.

In a nutshell, cardiometabolic syndrome is composed of what are called as "lifestyle diseases."

Cruz said that a person who suffers from at least three lifestyle disease also suffers from cardiometabolic syndrome.

The doctor also explained that to treat this disorder, one has to treat all the other related disorders.

"So ano ang treatment doon? Ang treatment doon, hindi naman 'yung sa blood pressure 'di ba, ang treatment doon eh magpapayat, exercise, and then low carb diet, and low fat diet also," Cruz said.

Unlike before, doctors nowadays do not rely solely on laboratory results for their diagnosis. Instead, doctors gauge a person's risk factors and base the diagnosis on how likely that person will suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Cruz explained that although doctors prescribe medicines for lifestyle diseases, lifestyle change is still more effective than medication.

"Walang study na nagsabi na mas maganda ang gamot kaysa sa lifestyle change. Palaging mas maganda ang lifestyle change," he added.

The doctor also debunked the myth that people need to take maintenance medicines for the rest of their lives.

"I think that is a myth. Ang pinagmulan siguro niyan, dapat, kung hindi mo napababa ang blood pressure mo with lifestyle change, ibig sabihin nagpapayat na, nagexercise na, hindi ka kumakain ng maalat, hindi ka nagsmoke, maganda ang tulog mo, at marami pang ibang factors ano, at wala kang gamot na bawal na iniinom, at mataas pa rin ang blood pressure mo, ibig sabihin hindi mo kayang pababain, with lifestyle change, then you need to take the medicine," Cruz said.

"If you stop the medicine, balik ka na naman sa dati. 'Yun 'yung sinasabi. Hindi naman ibig sabihin once mag-start ka ng gamot, forever ka nang nakagamot," he added.