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ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, 85
MILLION AMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 20, ROUGHLY
33% OF ADULTS, HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
out obese and adds this medication on top of
that, it is a recipe for disaster.
The fourth and final condition we will
touch on is inflammation. For the treatment
of inflammation, many times patients are
prescribed a corticosteroid. Long-term use of
steroids can cause us to be hungry as well as to
retain water and be bloated, leading to weight
gain. This class of medications is known to
cause the most weight gain out of all of them,
ranging from 6.6 to 24.2 pounds. Some clients
will have to be on this drug long-term due to
a condition they are treating that causes a lot
of inflammation. Such conditions can include
autoimmune disorders, asthma, and COPD.
With some of these clients, the underlying
disease states can potentially be corrected
back to baseline or close to baseline with your
assistance and expertise. All said our jobs as
coaches is to aid in correcting the problem
with lifestyle modifications and increased
overall health and wellness, which can lead to
less medication for most clients.
There are many ways in which you, as a
practitioner, can help clients who struggle
with one or multiple chronic disease states,
but still have a desire to reach their health and
fitness goals. These include teaching therapeutic lifestyle choices, specifically nutrition
counseling, workout routine modification,
ways to help the client overcome cravings
and increase mindset, and even how to talk to
the client about a medication that could potentially be hindering their weight loss goals
and how they can speak with their doctor or
pharmacist about an alternative option.
In addition to prescribed medications, it is
also important to take note of the client's overthe-counter weight loss supplements. According to the Mayo Clinic, many of these products
interact with prescription medications and
have unwanted side effects like dehydration,
increased heart rate and blood pressure, and
dizziness. Not only are these side effects dangerous when the client comes to the workout,
but they can also worsen the condition we are
trying to treat with the prescription medication.
Don't forget that the client is there because
you are the fitness expert -- they trust you. It is
your job to keep them safe as well as to help
them reach the goals they set at your very first
meeting. As a practitioner, it is of the utmost
importance that you know as much as possible
about the overall health of your client for them
to gain the most out of every session. There
might be roadblocks along the way but with
the right knowledge and some clever modifications, anything can be overcome.
Brandi Binkley M.S. NSCA-CPT is founder of PhysioFit
in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an awardee of the
NSCA Trainer of the Year Award. She is also partner
Dr. Tracy M. Hagemann, PharmD., FCCP, FPPAG, is
Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Nashville, Tennessee.
She is a client of Physiofit, and a partner in ErgoVicis.
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