March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to learn more about cancer involving the colon and rectum.Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer occurs equally among men and women. 75% of colorectal cancers are not associated with a family history. This year, 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed, and 56,000 people will die from this cancer. The mortality rate for colorectal cancer surpasses deaths from both breast and prostate cancer. ... Read More
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Did you know that up to 50% of the population has varicose veins and continuing vein abnormalities? Veins issues can be completely symptom free or you may experience mild symptoms in the beginning such as spider veins. If your vein issues are chronic or left untreated, varicose veins can potentially progress to skin breakdown or even non-healing wounds or ulcers.
At Risk Groups
Given how common varicose veins are, it’s important to know if you may be someone at risk for this condition. At risk groups include:Seniors (the older you are, the more likely you are to have... Read More
Sinusitis in the inflammation of the sinus cavity that is caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. This usually occurs when excess mucus develops or there is a blockage to the sinuses. The infection by the virus or bacteria produces an inflammatory response where blood rushes to the nose and carries inflammatory cells to fight the infection. This causes your sinuses to swell.What are the symptoms? Nasal blockage
A stuffed nose is the primary sign of a sinus infection.Yellow or green mucus
Instead of seeing clear mucus, there can be yellow or green discharge from the... Read More
A New Year, a healthier you! It’s that time of year again, time for a fresh start, a clean slate. What do you want to do for your health in the coming year? Improve your eating habits? Become more active and energized? Start thinking ahead and plan for your wellness in 2017. The best way to achieve success is to set clear and achievable goals.Think SMART S – Specific
Be clear, concise and directed.M – Measurable
Make sure that for each of your wellness goals there is a way to monitor your progress. If you can’t measure it, it’s hard to measure your success.
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Don’t skip out on meals. It might seem like a good idea to forgo your lunch so you can leave more room for indulgence later, especially during the holidays. But, starving yourself will put you at risk of overeating and drinking which can lead to mindless munching. You’re better off to eat normal during the day and be thoughtful about the choices you make. Treat yourself to the things you may only have once a year, but remember each small holiday treat can average between 60-90 calories. The points add up.
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Too often we see the holidays as a time of over-indulgence, which means we often abandon our healthy habits and can feel obligated to eat and drink to abundance. Hey, ‘tis the season, right? Not so fast. The holidays are hectic! It’s increasingly important to get plenty of sleep, exercise and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make it through the season feeling satisfied, in control and stress-free.Enjoy holiday parties, while staying in control. Do not leave the house on an empty stomach. This leads to over consumption. Avoid standing near the food area. It’s easy to... Read More
November is Diabetes Awareness month. Did you know more than 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year? Diabetes is a disease that involve problems with the hormone insulin.What is diabetes?
In a healthy body, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, or when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin.What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes. It is an autoimmune condition where the... Read More
Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy! Wash your hands regularly to protect yourself against colds, flu and diarrheal illness. The CDC recommends following five steps for effective hand sanitation.Wet your hands using warm water. Lather up. Don't forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails). Scrub thoroughly (at least 20 seconds). Rinse well. Dry using a clean towel or air dry.
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In the winter, most allergens lie dormant. Cold weather is a welcome relief to people with seasonal allergies. But cold weather also means people spend more time indoors. If you’re prone to seasonal allergies it’s likely you’ll also react to indoor allergens, like mold, pet dander and dust mites. Studies have shown that even in households without pets, there is often evidence of animal dander brought in from the outside.
The good news, indoor allergens are easier to address than outdoor allergies.Tips to help eradicate your home of the common allergens: Wash your bedding using... Read More
There is going to be a lot of pain.Fact
Most patients only experience minor discomfort during the procedure. We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible.Myth #2
A vasectomy will decrease my sex drive.Fact
Vasectomies have not been shown to be associated with a decreased sex drive. There is some literature regarding an increase in intercourse among couples after vasectomy.Myth #3
Women should be responsible for family planningFact
Vasectomies are more dependable than any other form of contraception including female sterilization... Read More
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