As hurricane Dorian continues to approach Florida, it is important to have an emergency plan in place so that you can be prepared to respond fast and efficiently. Hurricanes bring strong wind and rain over an extended period of time and can be very destructive. Here are some times to help you medically prepare for them.
Water is essential for nearly every biological process in the body. When we sleep, we actually lose some water through breathing and perspiration. Coupled with the fact that we have ideally gone 8hrs without eating or drinking it is easy to wake up in a hydration deficit. Tip 1 is to wake up and drink a glass of water as a way to reaffirm that health is an underlying priority of every single day you are lucky enough to be alive!
Researchers have discovered the right dose of outdoor exposure that healthcare providers can use to help people reduce mental stress. The team suggested spending at least 20 minutes in places where you feel in contact with nature can significantly lower stress hormone levels.
The effects of alcohol have been widely linked to bad changes in the body. Heavy drinking could lead to higher risk of having cancer, liver failure, type 2 diabetes as well as emotional response issues.
However, it is not always bad take a bottle or a glass. A number of studies showed that light to moderate drinkers tend to enjoy not just the good times with friends but also the health benefits of alcohol.
Valerie Bruno is a PharmD Candidate and @nsuflorida. This week resumes her 6-week internship at our practice and she shares her experience with us.
The debate on whether the sun is a friend or a foe is ongoing, with more and more people afraid of sun exposure given its ties to skin cancer and premature aging. But don't completely shun the sun, as sun exposure has numerous health benefits that go beyond just vitamin D.
In a study conducted at the University of California, San Diego, researchers combined data from other surveys of satellite measurements of sunlight and cloud during the winter from 15 countries to estimate the serum level of vitamin D metabolite of people living in 177 countries. The compilation of data revealed a linked between low vitamin D levels and risk of colorectal and breast cancer. According to the researchers, raising the serum levels was found to be ideal for cancer prevention, which means 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancer could be prevented each year with sufficient exposure to sunlight.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendsExternal that adults age 50 to 75 get screened for colorectal cancer. The decision to get screened after age 75 should be made on an individual basis. If you are older than 75, ask your doctor if you should be screened. People at an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening, which test is right for them, and how often to get tested.
Several screening tests can be used to find polyps or colorectal cancer. The benefits and risks of these screening methods vary. Discuss with your doctor which test is best for you, and check with your insurance provider to find out which tests are covered by your insurance plan, and how much you will have to pay. Medicare helps pay for colorectal cancer screening.
While some people develop lactose intolerance as they grow older — due to reduced production of the enzyme lactase — others may develop the intolerance following surgery or due to certain diseases.
Alan Aragon, a nutrition advisor for Men’s Health, states it usually takes at least 12 grams of lactose for a person to experience symptoms. This amount is equivalent to 8 ounces of milk or a cup of ice cream, he added. And though the symptoms may vary by the individual but the following are said to be the most common signs.
If these sound familiar, start tracking what you eat and speak to a doctor about getting tested. Note that it is important to get diagnosed and understand the severity of your intolerance before you start making changes to your diet. These symptoms could also be attributed to other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
"Exercise delivers numerous physical and psychological bene- fits to patients, including both the prevention and treatment of disease. However, many patients do not obtain the recommended 150 minutes of weekly moderate activity. In fact, some may not register this amount of activity on a monthly basis. There are numerous reasons why people choose not to exercise, including a lack of time, interest, finances, proper workout facilities, or external support. The transportability of mobile phones means patients can use them while exercising, and numerous fitness applications can help address each of the above excuses. This article focuses on six apps that are free and do not require exercise equipment. All earned top ratings when reviewed using FPM’s “SPPACES” criteria."
Personal Physician Care has partnered with the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County to offer a 6-week Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) exclusively to our patients. These small intimate workshops meet once a week for two and a half hours.