We would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and provide you with a few tips to stay healthy and not overindulge this holiday season. With a season full of holiday parties galore, it’s important to keep on track with your diet and not over-indulge in those things you’ve been working so hard to keep on track with. We offer the following tips to help you with your goals.
- Always know that the buffet is the holiday danger zone. We see food, good food, and it’s there for the taking, but remember ever spoonful that goes on your plate can lead to overeating. Just remember to keep the buffet in moderation, do not take more than you bargained for. If you are worried about overeating from the buffet, try eating something light before the party to hold you over and help you avoid the cheese plate.
- Seated dinners are also often times to indulge. Eat what you want, but remember always in moderation. If your plate comes with a salad and some of that yummy mac and cheese you’ve been craving, make sure to eat your salad first and only have a few bits of the high calorie items. Also, consider sharing with others at your table, so you don’t slip in another bite. And always order an entree that is rich in proteins such as fish, lamb, or anything fresh and nutritious. Choose wisely and choose the healthiest option on the menu.
- Control your alcohol intake. When it comes to champagne, wine or cocktails, you don’t have to go all out. Have a drink and be done, keep it in moderation.
Did you know, that there are more former smokers in our country than smokers today? Have you been trying to quit smoking or any other form of tobacco use? We are here to help you become one of those former smokers mentioned. We all know by now, the harmful effects that tobacco use can have on the human body. By quitting smoking, you can greatly reduce the risk of cancer or other smoking-related diseases. The question is, how do you quit? There are several effective treatments to stop smoking. If you have tried quitting, cold turkey and haven’t found success, the following treatments could help:
- Counseling and behavioral therapies
- Nicotine replacement products (patches, gum, lozenges)
- Prescription non-nicotine medications
It has arrived, yet again - cold and flu season. This year, why not be prepared? Getting the influenza vaccination is one step closer to preventing the spread of the virus, as well as keeping you from getting sick. Everyone 6 months of age or older should be vaccinated for the flu each season. Those considered high risk (younger children, elderly, etc.) are at even more risk of complications from influenza and should check with their doctor to see how often they should be vaccinated. Also, be prepared and know the signs and symptoms of influenza. Many people may actually have influenza when they think they only have a common cold. Signs and symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
A woman's health is constantly changing and making sure you stick to a health regimen that is consistent with your age is very important. For example, pap smears are recommended once per year for women under age 30 and in different increments as women age. Obviously there are several factors included and each woman is different, but as women age different screenings and procedures are recommended, including a mammogram. A mammogram is equally as important as a woman ages. Mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50, due to early detection, only seen by a mammogram. The value of mammography in women 40 and over has been proven and has helped with early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram can identify an abnormality in breast tissue that could be cancerous. Detecting breast cancer early with mammography has also allowed many more women to be treated and has decreased the number of mastectomies among women 40 and over. See your physician today for a women’s wellness exam to find out if you should be receiving a regular mammogram.
One of our speciality services is diabetes treatment. We offer ways to help you keep your diabetes under control and correctly monitor your symptoms and severity to keep you healthy. We also offer screenings and assessments to review your risks and help you take preventative care. Our diabetes services include:
- Risk Assessment
- Initiate medical treatment
- Consulting with Diabetic Instructors for patient Education
Treatments for menopause symptoms are always changing. Hormone therapy has been an ongoing treatment, helping women for decades. Both hormonal and non-hormonal treatments are available, but which type of treatment is right for you? Hormone therapy often times includes progestin, an estrogen plus hormone that helps to control common symptoms such as heat flashes and mood swings. Progestin has also been known to help lower the risk of endometrial cancer from estrogen (women who have had hysterectomies and do not have a uterus generally only get estrogen). Just one of the hormone therapy treatments that could help you with your symptoms. There are several ways to receive hormone therapy including pills, skin patches, creams, gels, sprays, or vaginal creams, rings or a suppository. These supplements are very easy to use and can be a great way to treat the symptoms you are experiencing during menopause. What’s right for you? Yearly screenings can help you work with your doctor to control your menopause symptoms. Contact us to talk to a physician and see if you are a candidate for hormone therapy.