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Staying active and engaged is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, but it’s not all about exercise. The staff at Southeastern Med has put together a list of local activities and events for your family to enjoy this summer.

Fotolia 83595152 Subscription Monthly XXLBarbeques, hiking and outdoor festivals are highlights for many people during the summer. But before you and your family head outdoors, make sure you follow these safety measures.

Alzheimers Disease Awareness Month

More than 5 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for roughly 60-80 percent of dementia patients. With Alzheimer’s being so wide-spread, the Alzheimer’s Association has designated June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in order to educate the public about this deadly brain disorder.

diabetesDiabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated blood glucose levels.

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes – 8 million of which are undiagnosed. This is problematic since diabetes can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems and kidney disease. In fact, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimers

Though many of us don’t like to go to the doctor when we notice a health problem, we schedule the appointment because we know it’s the best thing we can do for our health and safety. But for people with Alzheimer’s disease, they may not even realize they’re experiencing any problems.

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Eating vegetables, going to the doctor and being health conscience aren’t exactly habits many of us would list as “manly.” Well men, listen up: whether you consider these things to be manly or not, they’re all important parts of leading a happy and healthy life.

Nutrition, prostate health and cardiovascular health are just some of the things to pay attention to if you want to maintain your overall health. The staff at Southeastern Med have some simply ways to help you maintain your health. 

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Each year approximately 60,000 preschool children are taken to the hospital after accidently ingesting prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

In many cases, these incidents could have easily been avoided. Simple steps such as locking up your medicine cabinet or disposing of unused or expired medications will greatly reduce the risk of medications falling into the wrong hands or being misused.

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Do you start experiencing allergy symptoms like sneezing and itchy, watery eyes at the first signs of spring? Have you noticed that your joints ache more as we get further into the season? 


That’s because allergies can cause inflammation throughout your entire body, not just your respiratory system.

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If you have high cholesterol, you’re also at higher risk for heart disease. But the good news is, it’s a risk you can control. You can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good” HDL cholesterol. You just have to make some simple changes.

Ban Trans Fats
They raise your LDL, lower your HDL, and increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke, but it’s hard to avoid them. They’re found in fried foods, baked goods (cakes, pie crusts, frozen pizza, and cookies), and stick margarines.

healthy 2017It’s that time of year again when we make New Year’s resolutions. We’ll set goals, make plans and imagine all the ways we can do better in 2017. And while we’ll start with the best intentions, most of us will fall off the wagon before the end of January.

Here are five New Year’s resolutions you can stick to!

1. Get regular checkups.
Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from important preventative healthcare services. This month, make appointments with your primary care doctor for your annual physical, as well as other regular checkups like dental exams and skin cancer screenings.

2. Request baseline testing.
Blood tests and imaging services are a routine part of your healthcare. Ask your primary doctor when it’s best to start baseline and regular testing for cholesterol, breast cancer, blood sugar, colorectal cancer and other important health screenings. And remember, all blood tests, laboratory screenings and imaging can be done locally at Southeastern Med in Cambridge.