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Men’s Health Month

Men's Health and FitnessJune is a month to celebrate men.  Not only is June known for Father’s Day, but it is also recognized as Men’s Health Month.  It is a time to raise awareness of preventable health issues and an opportunity to encourage the men in our lives to get regular health checkups.  Here are some ways to promote better health for the men we love including husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons.

Get a physical–  On average, adult men do not see their healthcare providers as often as women do.  They may wait until there is a real problem.  Regular physical exams enable the physician to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and weight.  A physical allows for routine blood work and PSA screenings for prostate cancer to be performed.  Early detection is key when treating such health conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Encourage regular exercise–  Regular exercise has many health benefits.  Exercise helps with weight reduction, helps maintain strong bones and muscles, increases energy levels, decreases stress, aids in relaxation, can improve brain function, improves mood, enhances sexual function, and can reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.

Encourage healthy eating habits–  Heathy eating is a lifestyle choice.  The benefits include avoiding excess weight gain and boosting energy levels.  Healthy eating can prevent major health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low fat dairy products.  Avoid sugary drinks, processed baked goods, fried foods, white bread and processed meats.  Many of these items have high levels of sugar, salt, and trans fats while offering little nutritional value.

Encourage the men in your life to take care of their physical health and well-being so they can live a long and happy life.

Boost Your Immune System for Better Health

Health and WellnessThe immune system is the body’s defense against infection and disease.  It’s made up of special cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body and keep it healthy.  When the immune system isn’t working as it should, the body is left vulnerable.  As we age, our immune system response becomes reduced, leading to increased infections and less ability to fight them.  It is important to do what we can to strengthen our immune system so that it can do its job effectively.  Here are ways to boost your immune system for better health.

Develop Smart Eating Habits

Eat more fruits and vegetables to give the body needed nutrients.  Blueberries, blackberries, and broccoli contain antioxidants that can improve immune health.  Foods rich in vitamin C, including citrus and bell peppers, and those high in vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes and kale, are especially helpful to the immune system.  Yogurt contains probiotics that can keep the gut and intestinal tract healthy.  Salmon and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation in the body.

Get Enough Sleep

The body responds better to fighting infection when it is well rested.  According to the CDC, adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep each night, teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep, and school age children require 9-12 hours of shut eye.  To improve sleep habits, keep a consistent schedule for going to bed and getting up.  Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime.  Exercising during the day can help us sleep better.  Turning off electronic devices (computer, phone, TV) at bedtime is also a good practice.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, helps control weight, and helps alleviate stress.  All these factors can help boost the immune system.  Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous.  Even a 30-minute daily walk can be helpful.  In addition, exercise during the day often leads to better sleep at night.

Reduce Stress

Many people find themselves overcommitted and stressed.  Slow down, relax, and connect with family or friends.  Listen to music.  Meditation or yoga is helpful for some people.  Take a walk or do some stretching exercises.  Reduce your caffeine intake.  Stop smoking.

Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80 million American adults will receive arthritis diagnoses by the year 2040. Women are at higher risk than men, and most adults are diagnosed after the age of 45.

You may show no signs of aching, stiff joints today, but your risk of experiencing pain goes up each year. To give yourself a fighting chance against this life-altering diagnosis, implement these three arthritis prevention strategies today.

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Stay Active, Despite the Cold Weather!

When the holidays come knocking, they tend to bring plenty of things to your doorstep — wintry weather, time with loved ones and food aplenty. Tasty treats are a part of the recipe for a good time, but the holidays can have a hefty cost: there’s not exactly a high incentive to stay fit, or get even a few minutes’ worth of exercise. The crazy weather alone can put the kibosh on any exercise plans, which does more harm than good. Click here to read more »

Plan Ahead to Avoid the Over-indulgences of the Season

The holidays are a challenging time to stay healthy. Overeating, drinking, and even overspending can result in weight gain and problems with health issues, or anxiety and depression, when all those bills come due. But there are ways to stay healthy while enjoying ourselves.

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5 Facts About Heart Disease

You hear about cancer nearly every day — on TV, in social media, maybe you even have a personal connection to this horrible disease. It has impacted everyone in one way or another. But, did you know there is another disease responsible for taking more lives each year than all types of cancer combined? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America.

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Exercise Without Getting Overheated

The summer heat can turn a healthy workout into a potential threat. While exercise is important year-round, the hot weather coupled with intense activity can put you at risk for heat illness. Heat illness occurs when your body loses the ability to cool down, and the condition can be life-threatening. Here are some tips to keep up your fitness routine in the summer months with a safe and healthy approach:

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Picking Physical Activity That Is Right for You

For most people, exercise is not high on their list of favorite activities. For people who have been sedentary for a long amount of time or for people with disabilities or who are severely overweight, it can be as unsafe as it is unpleasant. It’s important to consult a Gwinnett physician if you are picking up physical activity for the first time in quite some time. Once you have done so, adopting a regular exercise routine is as simple as figuring out what you enjoy doing.

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Exercise May Curtail COPD Complications

For overburdened health care systems seeking ways to decrease hospital readmissions, a recent study linking exercise and lower hospital readmission rates for COPD patients is indeed welcome news. Although the study does not categorically state a direct cause-and-effect relationship, the findings do show a strong correlation between physical activity and the rate of readmission within a 30-day period. Click here to read more »

Benefits of Daily Exercise

Science has proven that there are countless benefits to exercising for even a short period every single day. Here are some of the most common benefits we see at our Lawrenceville family health center: Click here to read more »

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