9 out of 10 Bermudians say they are in good health but over half have height/weight combinations that represent an overweight or obese body mass index (BMI). Furthermore many have alarming cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart rate numbers. Knowing and understanding these numbers are vital in your health success. Capturing a handful of key personal health numbers gives you a good snapshot of your health. When one or more of these numbers falls out of a normal range, you can and should deal with it (or them).

Why is it vital to monitor these numbers? Simple, most people get sick and die due to so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), chronic conditions such as such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases and certain forms of cancer. These are conditions that can be positively impacted by lifestyle changes that you can choose and daily behaviors that you can make.

What you should do, you ask? Firstly, understand that your health data is no longer the sole responsibility of your doctor or the hospital you recently visited for a diagnostic test or outpatient procedure. Your doctor doesn’t know everything about you. On a daily basis, you can track your numbers yourself. You can be the driver of your own health by tracking your daily choices and
behaviors: like what you eat, your physical activity, your mood and your financial health.

This approach empowers you. “The simple act of self-recording creates a sense of confidence that you can do what you want to do,” Steven Dean, an organizer of Quantified Self in New York City, in Vanity Fair magazine.

Take control of your health and make the difference for your family, society and most of all YOURSELF!

You already track all kinds of information every day: how much money is in the bank or 401(k) plan, songs on playlists, and ounces of water drunk in the course of a day. Counting calories has been one of the most common self-tracking areas, well before the age of smartphone apps. Tracking aspects of health is gaining traction among more people, and that’s a good thing for our overall health. If more and more of us do it, it’s great for public health – the health of our communities, our states, our countries, and the world.

It’s not just elite athletes who self-track. Diabetics have been tracking numbers for years (esp. blood sugar), but self-tracking for health and life is gaining momentum among people, both those managing conditions and people seeking to bolster health and wellness.

Evidence is growing that people who keep track of their health numbers fare have better health outcomes; among people who self-track…

Those who keep food diaries lose twice as much weight as those who don’t in a Kaiser study.
Overweight and obese adults who used electronic tracking devices to track exercise and food and beverage intake did better staying on diet and exercise programs.
Smartphone-based diaries combined with therapist feedback helped women manage chronic pain in a controlled trial.
People with Type 2 diabetes who self-monitor blood glucose levels manage HbA1c levels better than patients who don’t self-track.
Patients with Crohn’s Disease manage their conditions better through self-tracking.
Patients who self-monitor blood pressure control their hypertension better than people who don’t keep track.
People who have collaborated with their pharmacists for keeping track of high blood pressure also had better control of their hypertension.
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) lower blood pressure, manage better on fewer prescribed medications, and reduce the number of physician visits.

Northshore Medical & Aesthetics Center is committed to teaming up with you and will be rolling out various programs and systems that will assist you in achieving your maximum health success!

Nadia Famous
Clinical Medical Assistant
Nadia G Famous was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Nadia comes from a family of 8 brothers and sister. Her parents migrated from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to America in the early 1980’s and have been there ever since. Nadia has attended New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, Rhode Island where she received her Associate in Science (Certified Medical Assistant) and Bachelors in Science Degree in Health Care Management.

Nadia has worked in both Dermatology and Primary Care settings gaining experience in minor surgeries and various types of skin issues. Moreover, she is also very knowledgeable in general practice which deals with a wide range of preventive care, acute and chronic illnesses and health education to patients.

Nadia moved to Bermuda in December 2014 with her two children to join her husband. She has been employed at Northshore Medical & Aesthetics Center where she is a Medical Assistant for Dr. Kyjuan Brown and other doctors’ who may need her assistance. Nadia has become well-adjusted to Bermuda culture, as it is quite a change from the city life she comes from. Outside of work she enjoys quality time with her kids and husband, and most importantly the beaches! Nadia is happy to be in Bermuda and enjoys the opportunity of working with such a great team at Northshore Medical & Aesthetics Center.

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