Q I have a family history of peripheral vascular disease. My father received Massachusetts SSA disability benefits for the last years of his life and now I think I am getting the same symptoms. How can I prevent this disease from getting worse?
There are some very easily identifiable risk factors for peripheral vascular disease. By knowing these and taking the steps to prevent both the onset and the worsening of the disease, you can control your own fate.
Here are some simple steps to follow:
- If you smoke, stop. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors. It can actually worsen the disease. There are some very helpful organizations both online and in your community to help you. Ask your doctor for advice as well.
- Avoid high cholesterol foods and eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Include lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains in your daily food intake.
- Exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Most health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
- Keep your cholesterol levels at a healthy level. In short, keep LDL levels low and HDL levels high. Medications—usually statin drugs—can be used too.
- Diabetics must control their blood sugar levels in all cases. If you are diabetic and worried about peripheral vascular disease, you need to not only control your blood sugar, but also take very good care of your feet.
If your condition does worsen and you need advice about applying for New England SSA disability benefits, contact the Massachusetts SSA disability legal experts at Keefe Disability Law. We have a reputation for professional, caring representation for all our clients. Call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 to get your questions answered.