Monday, March 10, 2014

Marching Towards Spring

     March is here!  That means spring is just around the corner.

     The most exciting thing about that, to me, is that the bitter cold weather of this past season is soon to be behind us.  The bad thing, if you're like me, is that soon all that springtime pollen will be floating around and that can do a number on allergy problems.  If you have allergy issues, the best solution is prevention.  Start those allergy medications early.  If you have mild to moderate symptoms, a daily over-the-counter oral antihistamine may work well for you.  If your symptoms tend to be more moderate to severe, you may need an inhaled nasal steroid spray with or without the oral antihistamine.   Your doctor or other healthcare provider can help you decide what medications will be best for you.  As with any medication, consistency is key.  You must take it daily to see the most benefit.  

     March is also a big month for National recognition months.  Here are just a few of the observations for March:

National Nutrition Month
     What a great way to kick of spring...getting healthy!  The most important component to ANY healthy lifestyle is proper nutrition!  Eating right is essential, but that's the point...eating.  You can not starve yourself healthy.  Can NOT!  The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition's website provides a wealth of information on eating right.  They offer links to great reading materials to learn more; there are links to resources; and even games for kids to help them learn about proper eating.  Trust me -- it is NEVER too early to teach your kids the fundamentals of proper nutrition.  A child who makes healthy choices becomes an adult who makes healthy choices.  If we can hope to change the nation's obesity problem, we must start with the children so that they can effect change on generations to come.

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

     Did you know that among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States?  Every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die from it.  As shocking as that statistic may seem -- the even more shocking fact is that many of these deaths could have been prevented if only they were detected earlier.  Even though recommendations have encouraged more and more people over fifty years of age to get screened for colon cancers, there are still people not getting screens according to national guidelines.  Talk to your doctor about how you can be screened for problems.  Everyone over fifty should get screened.  If you have a family history of colorectal disease, you are at even greater risk and should not delay seeing your doctor for more information.  Go HERE for more info!
     Either of our general surgeons here at TRMC, Dr Rick Gill or Dr Tom Peurifoy are always available to schedule your colonoscopy.  Dr Gill's office can be reached at (334) 770-2222 and Dr Peurifoy's office can be reached at (334) 670-5568.  

Women's History Month

Irish - American Heritage Month (St Patrick's Day)

St Patrick's Day in Troy is usually celebrated in quite a fun way.  Stay tuned to our facebook page for updates on any fun events in the area!

     And this year: Mardi Gras falls on March 4, giving credit to March coming in like a lion, huh?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Heart's Month!

     February is, of course, the time of year we celebrate love.  Valentine's Day is a big part of February, but it's also the time we set aside to remember heart health.  February is National Heart Month and that means it's the perfect opportunity to make sure your heart is healthy.

     Once thought to be a men's health issue, but we now know that heart disease is the number one killer in women.  In fact, the American Heart Association has a whole campaign devoted to women's heart health.  

Go Red for Women is a campaign the AHA launched in 2004 to create awareness and educate women about the deadly dangers facing their hearts if they didn't act to change.  Go Red is designed to promote a healthier lifestyle and education women on the risk factors and prevention techniques they need to reduce the rate of death by heart disease in our country.  This program has sparked an incredible response and engaged thousands of women to take charge of their lifestyle and become healthier and reduce their risk for heart disease.

Keep your heart healthy.  Following a heart-healthy diet and exercise program is your best prevention plan against heart disease.  The American Heart Association website is full of great information to help in your journey.

Also, stop by our Nuclear Medicine department for more information on the services we provide to help make sure your heart is healthy.

Here are a few tips from their Heart Month brochure to ensure a healthy, happy heart:

Tips for Managing Your Risk for Heart Disease at Any Age
from American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website

In your 20’s:
· know early numbers that impact your heart health (blood pressure, total cholesterol)
· Check your family history
· DON’T SMOKE and avoid second-hand smoke
· Drink alcohol in moderation
· Choose birth control carefully  (talk to your doctor about risks and benefits of all birth control methods)

In your 30’s:
· Tame Stress
· Make time in the day for yourself
· Choose birth control carefully

In your 40’s:
· Strive for more work/life balance and less stress
· Make your wellbeing a priority
· Get regular checkups

In your 50 ‘s:
· Monitor changes in your body and keep an open dialogue with your doctor
· Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, body mass index)
· Watch what you eat (low-fat, low-sodium, fiber-rich)
· Get physical (If you aren’t already exercising, you should be getting at least 30 minutes a day in)

In your 60’s and beyond:
· Know your risk (maintain regular check-ups and stay informed)
· Stay active