Every man in Don Conkling’s family has struggled with high blood pressure. After more than 40 years of dealing with the condition himself, Don decided to take control of his health.
Don sought the guidance of Shandra Yoshimi, MD, at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, to get a clear picture of the steps he could take to achieve his health goals.
Dr. Yoshimi outlined the basics of a healthy lifestyle: The importance of being active, what makes a healthy meal, and how to avoid foods and drinks that can elevate blood pressure, such as caffeine. By following Dr. Yoshimi’s advice, Don’s eating habits improved. He embraced an exercise program: walking his dog eight miles everyday.
After meeting with Dr. Yoshimi, Don adopted a healthy lifestyle that allowed him to lose weight and keep his blood pressure under control. He is grateful to his Kaiser Permanente care team, and credits Dr. Yoshimi’s support and motivation for keeping him focused on his health goals.
“I am so impressed with the care that I get,” said Don. “I feel that I have a very personal relationship with my doctors, and that’s just lovely.”