Vaccines help protect you and your baby against serious diseases.
and for most of us, that’s a big relief. For many others, however, this revival of life also means the return of sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itching and other vexing symptoms of spring allergies, commonly known as hay fever. To help you better prepare for the allergy season and better enjoy a tear-free spring, here are five things you might not have known about spring allergies.
Springtime can be a motivator for keeping up with your New Year’s Healthy Lifestyle Goals.
As the weather continues to get better and in between rain showers, we hope you continue on your quest for health and happiness in this New Year. Let us help you debunk some of the myths about working out.
Weight will bulk me up. Unless you are on steroids and throwing around some serious iron, you will not bulk up. In fact, weight training is the only sure way to change body composition. So drop the three-pound dumbbells and grab the 8’s or 10’s. Still not motivated? Know that lifting heavier weights is more effective in increasing muscle strength, which in turn increases your metabolism, and burns more fat. Win-win.
Stretching before exercise prevents injury. It actually can do the opposite. Static stretching (stretches you hold) pre-workout is comparable to taking your car out for a drag race first thing on a winter morning. Crazy. Like your car, you must be warm before you start holding stretches. Cold muscles limit joint mobility and can lead to pulled muscles. A better option is engaging in some dynamic stretches that mimic your planned workout. Think walking before a run. Jumping jacks and body weight squats before lifting weights. Save bending over and touching your toes for the end of your sweat session when you and your muscles are nice and warm.
Spot reducing works. Muscles aren’t as single-minded as your fitness goals. Muscles work together. Fat loss and muscle gain is distributed throughout the body, not one area of the body.
Running on a treadmill is better for my knees. The difference in impact on concrete versus a rubberized treadmill, grass or a track is actually relatively small when it comes to joint impact. So if you are worried about your knees, whether you run indoors or out, do a legitimate warmup, like a few minutes of walking combined with dynamic stretches for large leg muscles connected to the knee. Think walking lunges, jogging in place or high knees.
Crunches are key to a flat stomach. Or a neck injury. Not only do many people do crunches incorrectly, it is usually the only thing they are doing when it comes to sculpting their midsection. Crunching only works your core in along one plane of motion (sagittal) front to back. Not cool since there are two other planes dying to join the party, the frontal plane (side to side movement) and transverse plane (rotational). So change things up and add some standing oblique crunches or twists to your lunges.
No pain, no gain. True, if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you, but if it hurts you then something isn’t right. How can you decipher soreness from pain? If you feel the same level of soreness more than 48 hours after a tough work out (it should taper off), then this may be a sign of a pulled muscle or another injury. Also if you feel pain in your muscles or joints during exercise that too may be worth a doctor’s investigation. But let’s not get it twisted. Feeling the burn should not be confused with muscle/joint discomfort. The burn is where you want to be as this is exactly where your results live.
Exercising on an empty stomach will burn more fat. There is no true evidence supporting this notion so fuel up before you cut up at the gym. Not only will you move slower, doing so can also lead to muscle loss as the body pulls energy from protein when carbohydrates are not present. So keep it light with a snack that is about 30g of carbs. If you can’t stomach food before a work out then sprint t the dining room table no more than 30 minutes after your workout to refuel ASAP.
Having a yearly gynecological examination is an important aspect of responsible preventative health care and ensuring your physical and reproductive well-being. Despite warnings from leading medical organizations, many women fail to have an annual gynecological exam. This costs thousands of women their lives each year. Many women think they do not need a physician unless they have a problem.
In fact, problems are often first found through an annual examination. Every woman should be aware that diseases such as breast, cervical and ovarian cancer have few obvious symptoms, and earlier detection increases chances for survival.
Annual gynecological exams should begin around age 15. While pelvic exams are rarely required during these first visits, the annual exam helps to establish a doctor-patient relationship. Young women can ask any questions they have about their development and/or menstrual cycle, methods of birth control and how to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
Most doctors now recommend an annual Pap smear for most women ages 21 and older. Many women have equated having a Pap smear with having an annual examine when in fact, a Pap smear is only one small component of the exam. Women should have a gynecologic exam every year whether or not they are due for a Pap smear.
Avoiding routine yearly gynecological exams increases the risk for unintended pregnancy, pelvic infections, and potentially delaying diagnosis of diseases such as ovarian and breast cancer.
First, a comprehensive medical history is taken, including a family history to assess possible familial cancer risks. A physical exam is performed including an assessment of blood pressure, height and weight, and a pelvic and breast exam.
During the pelvic exam, the doctor may do a Pap smear, then check internally to examine the uterus and ovaries. Unlike cervical cancer, which is detected by Pap smear, ovarian cancer is very difficult to detect. Pain or other significant symptoms may not be noticed until the disease is well advanced. But, if discovered early by a pelvic exam, it can be treated promptly which increases chances of survival.
Your doctor will also order a screening mammogram if you are between the ages of 35 and 40, and annual mammograms for women ages 40 and older. Patients of all ages will be taught to perform monthly self-breast exams. These steps are essential in helping to detect breast cancer, which kills more than 46,000 women each year.
Your doctor will discuss birth control methods or preconception counseling, protection from STD’s, calcium intake requirements, the need for cholesterol screening, and the importance of regular exercise and eating a well-balanced diet. They can also offer help on smoking cessation.
If you are postmenopausal or otherwise at risk, your doctor will recommend screening tests for osteoporosis, colon cancer, and diabetes. Vaccines may also be offered during the annual visit, including human papillomavirus, tetanus boosters, Hepatitis B, and flu. You should ask your doctor any questions you have about pregnancy, hormones, your menstrual cycle, menopause symptoms and other health issues at this visit.
Every woman should be conscientious about having a routine gynecological exam once a year. This exam serves to detect current health problems and evaluate risk factors for new problems that can develop. Early detection and learning ways to reduce your risks of cancer is every woman’s best defense. The annual gynecological examination helps provide guidance and testing that will promote wellness and good health habits for all women.
Literally millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence, and while many people believe it is simply an age-related issue, it can, in fact, affect people who are younger. Noticing the symptoms early and identifying the cause can help women with urinary incontinence get back to enjoying life.
Urinary incontinence in women can be both physically and emotionally draining. Essentially, it is the leaking of urine that can’t be controlled, so many women are afraid to leave the house out of fear they will be too far away from a washroom. Some people suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to talk about it. The truth is, urinary incontinence can be managed and treated so if you think you are experiencing urinary incontinence you should speak to a medical professional.
The Asuriti Center for Incontinence and Pelvic Wellness is here to help. Dr. Richard Mooney, a board certified urogynecologist, specializes in the treatment of women with these very sensitive issues.
If you or any of your friends are experiencing urinary incontinence symptoms, call us today at 530-246-4455 to schedule an appointment. You’ll discover there are many treatment options for stopping urinary incontinence. “Leaking is NEVER normal”!!!
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