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Summertime means warmer weather and enjoying the great outdoors. It also means long days in the sun and lengthy exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These long hours in the sun can lead to damaged skin cells and skin cancer.
Signs and symptoms
You should look for the following items when examining your skin:
Make note of any suspicious spots you detect during your monthly skin self-exams and contact your primary care doctor or dermatologist for further evaluation.
Importance of early detection
Yearly skin examinations by your dermatologist are also essential. Dermatologists can identify any areas of concern in the earliest stages and order any necessary biopsies.
Contact your dermatologist to make an appointment for your annual skin exam if you haven’t already had one this year. If you don’t have a dermatologist, your primary care physician can give you a referral.
Harvey Moskowitz says that GreenLight laser therapy is the reason he can enjoy his life again.
An untreated enlarged prostate often leads to more serious conditions, like kidney stones, frequent bladder infections, and, in severe cases, permanent kidney damage.
We all know that soda is bad for your health, but many don’t know how bad soda really is for you.
Soda can lead to weight gain, heart problems, diabetes and more. Some health experts say soda doesn’t have any nutritional value at all and you are better off eating fast food because that at least has some nutrition.
Consuming sugar in the form of a drink is also troublesome. Your body doesn’t register fullness as easily when you drink calories versus when you eat them. This means you often drink more calories than necessary because your body doesn’t know when to tell you to stop.
This excess drinking can lead to “sugar rushes” which can cause your body to have a difficult time regulating your insulin levels. A person with long-term insulin problems often becomes diabetic.
Even diet sodas formulated with artificial sweeteners can contribute to weight gain by tricking your body into craving sweeter foods. In studies with mice, artificial sweeteners changed the gut bacteria in ways that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, both of which can lead to weight gain. Artificial sweeteners also contribute to a drop in leptin, the hormone that inhibits hunger.
Caffeine causes your heart rate to increase and blood pressure to rise. It’s also a diuretic in large doses, which causes frequent urination and leads to dehydration. Sodium causes fluid retention, which can increase blood pressure as well.
Keep it in moderation
It is best to replace most of your soda consumption with plain water. This change can help you lose weight and keep your heart healthy.
For more on what you can do to lose weight and live healthier, call 740-439-8000 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today.
It’s summertime – school’s out, and the living’s easy! Don’t let summer boredom or June-gloom get you down. It’s the perfect time to turn off the tube, get off the couch, head outside, and explore beautiful Cambridge. All of us at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center want this to be your family’s happiest and healthiest season yet!
There are plenty of exciting options for summer fun for everyone from adventurous explorers to the more reserved residents. Explore the Downtown Cambridge Events Calendar and the Cambridge-Guernsey Count Events Calendar for all the exciting summer activities happening around town.
And follow these tips to keep the fun going while ensuring health and happiness.
Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water!
Getting enough water benefits mind and body, enhancing concentration and cognition while also improving endurance and physical performance. Keep soda, alcoholic beverages, lemonade, and other caffeinated and sugary drinks to a minimum, especially during the summer due to their dehydrating effects. Low-calories sports drinks and electrolyte waters are good choices, but fresh, clean water is still the best.
When it comes to their workout goals, many folks are in a hurry – they want to lose those few extra pounds quickly. Sometimes, this approach can lead to soreness or even injury – and an end to the exercise effort. Start slowly and gradually build up to enjoy the workout and benefit from the exercise. In addition to the physiological and physical benefits, our minds also improve with added activity. Rich, oxygenated blood enters our brain, sharpening our reasoning and thinking, and awakening out mental faculties.
Eat fresh, seasonal, and local produce
Watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, summer squash, and berries – to name a few – are yummy foods that are abundant during the summer. These delicious fruits and veggies are filled with healing nutrition and nourishing juices. For example, watermelon is high in lycopene, a compound with strong antioxidant properties that protect the body from aging and inflammation. Fruits of summer are jam-packed with minerals and vitamins, including magnesium and Vitamin C, which are lacking in the diets of many Americans.
Check out the Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market on Fridays from 9am - 1pm to stock up on your favorite summer foods!
Clock adequate sleep
Generally speaking, the more physically active you are, the more rest your body requires. Experts estimate that over 40% of American have difficulty sleeping and suffer from sleep deprivation, a condition that predicts medical issues later in life.
When possible, adopt a bedtime routine. Avoid eating and working late. Turn off the television and smart devices 30 minutes prior to going to bed – the blue light emitted from electronics prevents the body from releasing melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. End the day with deep breathing, quiet reflection and light stretching to let your body know that it’s time to sleep. Clock eight-nine hours of sleep per night most nights of the week.
The Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center team wishes you all a safe, fun, and healthy summer!
From sun and bugs to heat and water, parents face a few challenges when it comes to keeping kids healthy and safe in the summer. Here are a few tips to minimize the ouch-factor and maximize your summer fun.
Beat the heat
Stay sun savvy
Infants under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. For babies and toddlers, use a barrier sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – ideally both. Older children need a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or greater. Reapply sunscreen every two hours – more frequently when swimming or perspiring.
Spending the day in the car? Remember, children can get sunburned through car windows, so slather on the sunscreen before heading on your road trip and invest in window shades for the back seat.
Sun-protective clothing, hats and sunglasses will also help protect kids’ skin and eyes from UV rays.
Pack smart snacks
Also, ensure your kids wash their hands with soap before eating whenever possible. Keep antibacterial wipes or sanitizer handy to clean up in a pinch.
Prepare for bugs – and bites
Keep mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs at bay with insect repellent. The American Academy of Pediatrics says formulas containing up to 30% DEET are safe for children over two months old. Repellents at this concentration should be reapplied about every five hours. Formulas with a lower DEET concentration, should be reapplied about every two hours. Note that DEET can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen by up to a third, so you may need to reapply sunscreen more often and use protective clothing to prevent sunburns.
Embrace tick safety practices. Know where ticks can be found in your area – most often in wooded areas, grassy fields and leaf piles. They can even be in your yard at home. Make a habit of performing a tick check when the kids come in from playing outside. And learn how to remove a tick and properly dispose of it.
If your munchkin gets stung by a bee or wasp, over-the-counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen and a cold pack applied directly to the area will provide relief. Allergies to stinging insects are common and can manifest suddenly, especially in children. Monitor your child for any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as abnormal swelling or difficulty breathing, and seek emergency treatment immediately to treat the reaction.
Watch the waves
Longer days, abundant sunshine, and an ice cream cone (or two!) – there’s no time like summer to enjoy family. Ensure your kids have a healthy summer by being proactive and tapping into your parenting instincts.