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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.

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Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s celebrations are right around the corner.  The holidays are a time of year when you really want to feel your best, but this time of year can also challenge our physical and emotional health with everything from cold and flu viruses to party hangovers, and even depression.

In addition to getting your flu shot, there’s plenty you can do to help your system weather the season of joy. Here are 6 tips for staying happy and healthy as you shop, travel and celebrate.

1.Prevent Illnesses

Since colds and the flu are most prevalent in winter, use precaution both at home and while traveling. Prevent illnesses by washing your hands liberally and regularly. Before settling in on planes or trains, use disinfecting wipes on the armrest, tray table and seatbelt buckle, and let them air-dry. This way, you’ll avoid germs previous travelers might have left behind.

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During National Diabetes Month, Southeastern Med in Cambridge, OH, urges you to think about the important role you play in diabetes prevention and control.

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and alarming statistics on diabetes that tie an increase in obesity rates to the increase in new cases of diabetes.

Approximately 29 million Americans, adults and children, have Type 2 Diabetes. Perhaps more alarmingly, 25% of people don’t even know they have the disease – a scary fact, since complications of chronically high blood sugar include stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Worse yet, an additional 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition characterized by elevated blood sugar just below the diabetic threshold.

The good news? Type 2 Diabetes is largely preventable, and studies demonstrate that complete lifestyle modifications reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58%.

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Eating healthy on a hectic schedule can be tricky, especially during the busy holiday season. When your “to-do” list never seems like a “to-done” list, it might feel easier to skip the gym in favor of a night on the couch or head to the drive through instead of the grocery store.
Regularly giving into takeout convenience gets expensive and unhealthy quickly. As an alternative, stroll down your grocery store’s frozen foods aisle. Dinner options are different than you might remember, including many that are healthier than fast food. But, are frozen meals really satisfying, tasty alternatives to a home-cooked meal?

At Southeastern Med, we’ve done our homework, and want to ensure families in our community commit to a healthy holiday season. Consider these 3 frozen food meals you might want to give a try:

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Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids and adults alike. But for parents, there’s often a fine line between trick-or-treating fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to pedestrian safety.

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that more pedestrians are injured by cars on Halloween than any other time of year. Follow these dos and don’ts to ensure your children have a safe time on the trick-or-treating trail:

  • DO accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • DON’T get into a car or enter anyone’s home to get a treat.
  • DO plan and review an acceptable trick-or-treating route for older children to travel in groups.
  • DON’T run across the street or dart out from between parked cars.
  • DO put down the electronic devices and keep your head up.
  • DON’T let children eat any treats before coming home.
  • DO travel in familiar, well-lit areas.
  • DON’T let younger kids go trick-or-treating alone.

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Between studying, attending classes and maintaining a social life, many college students struggle to maintain their health. But developing healthy habits now will make it easier for students to stay healthy throughout their adult lives.

Follow these 5 tips to stay healthy during college.

1. Eat right
A healthy diet can help students boost their immune systems and maintain an ideal weight. It might seem difficult to eat healthy in college with an abundance of cafeteria food and restaurants, but making simple and small adjustments to your diet goes a long way. Remember moderation, variety and balance when choosing foods.

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Shorter days and cooler weather are here, a sure sign that flu season is right around the corner. The flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects the throat, nose and lungs. Flu season typically runs from October to May, peaking between December and March.

Get your flu shot to reduce the odds that you’ll get the seasonal flu and spread it to others. Each person 6 months and older should get vaccinated this fall. Additionally, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people who have had cancer or who currently have a diagnosis of cancer – as well as their families and close contacts – get vaccinated before the end of October.

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Cambridge, Ohio is located between three major metropolitan areas and some of the most well-known healthcare systems in the country. But there are a lot of benefits to your local community hospital, too.

Community hospitals can develop more patient-centered care practices than larger medical institutions. Our leadership, doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers live right here in the Cambridge area. Because we’re all so closely aligned with our community, we can better consider your daily life and design treatment plans that will work not only for your condition, but also for how you live, work and play.

Community hospitals can standardize care practices more efficiently. Our medical staff can easily collaborate and coordinate your medical care, so there’s no waiting for your hospital physician to contact your primary care doctor with lab or imaging results. In fact, most of the physicians on staff at the hospital also maintain private practices in Cambridge and surrounding communities, so you may see your physician here at the hospital and again at his or her office for follow-up care.