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Men's Health with Dr. Kamal Singh

Heart Disease occurs 10 to 15 years earlier in men than in women.

 

Males have higher death rates for heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries. With advancement in technology and prevention screening, why are the death rates in males higher than women? Even in today’s society, stigmas still exist about men’s health. June is men’s health month and we discussed these questions with Primary Care Physician Kamal Singh, and heard from him about the importance of routine health care for men.

 

The leading causes of death for males are

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Unintentional Injuries

 

Higher death rates

Many stigmas involving men’s health still exist, like the necessity for routine medical care. Multiple factors contribute to why males experience more difficulties with these diseases. Lifestyle, society beliefs, and other masculine behaviors all contribute to a man’s decision making process.

Avoid the risks

Even with a higher risk for these diseases, there’s still ways to reduce this risk. Routine medical care like screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer can help lower health risks. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle like exercising daily and eating a healthy diet can also contribute to lowering risks.

Importance of regular checkups for men

Routine medical care is important because certain diseases can be prevented. For example, when high cholesterol is caught early, lifestyle changes and medications can be prescribed to prevent health events from happening. But after an event occurs, you have higher chances of developing a disability and other disease process related to the event, and be more likely to be prescribed multiple more medications than would have been prescribed for preventive measures.

When to seek medical care for an injury or a new symptom

Don’t wait to seek medical attention. If new symptoms or new changes develop, reach out to your medical team. Prevention measures exists for our own benefit, take advantage of them. If you’re the head of the household, you may have family members who depend on you. Taking care of yourself will benefit you and those who look up to you.

Learn more about Scoliosis with Dr. Jesse Lipnick

Scoliosis affects 6 to 9 million people in the United States”, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation. June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, and we interviewed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Jesse Lipnick, MD, about scoliosis and its treatments.

 

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a rotary disease of the spine, meaning parts of the spine rotates in multiple ways to cause curves in the spine. These curves rotate in regard to one another, developing a primary and secondary curve that take on an “S” shape.

 

What are some of the signs and symptoms of scoliosis?

  • Back Pain
  • Radiating pain from pinched nerves
  • Change in posture
  • “Humpback”
  • Rotated or uneven pelvis
  • Premature arthritis
  • Interference with other organs

 

What is the treatment process for scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be painful, but there are treatments that can ease pain. Treatments depend on the type of scoliosis a patient suffers from. The most common type is idiopathic, a scoliosis that develops during adolescence and if progressing, the child is fitted with a back brace. When one is born with scoliosis, it’s called congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is a rare type that is usually fixed with surgery. Physical therapy is commonly recommended for all types of scoliosis as it important to strengthen the core muscles. Degenerative scoliosis can develop in adults due to arthritic changes in the joints of the spine and can be accompanied by severe pain.  Medications that numb nerves and block joint pain are additional forms of treatment from which many have experienced positive results.

 

Living with scoliosis:

People with scoliosis can suffer with pain daily. Scoliosis can not only affect a person’s physical health but also their emotional health. Suffering from scoliosis can make it difficult to sleep, sit in a chair, work at a desk, find clothes that fit, and the self-perceived unpleasant appearance may impact one’s self-confidence. Advances in medication, interventional procedures and if necessary surgery can help manage scoliosis, allowing one to take back control over their life.

Discussing Allergies with Dr. Jordan Heath

We sat down with our newest SIMEDHealth Allergist, Dr. Jordan Heath, to discuss allergies in adults and children and what causes allergies. Dr. Heath is now available to see patients in Gainesville and Lake City.

 

 

 

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Lose Weight and Eat Healthy: Learn How

Eating a healthy breakfast can lead to weight loss

Eat Healthy and Lose Weight: New Year’s Resolution

Thank you to everyone who submitted their New Year’s resolution for the Health Goals 2018 Project. New Year’s Resolution #3 was submitted by Nina of Ocala. Nina wants to “lose belly fat and eat healthy!”

Dr. Eric Svestka, a SIMED Gainesville primary care physician who loves healthy eating, provided advice on how to achieve weight loss and a healthy food lifestyle.

How to Lose Weight

The one way to lose weight and belly fat is through dietary restrictions. Evidence has shown that you can’t exercise off weight because exercise only burns a minimal amount of calories when compared to your much larger basal metabolic rate. Exercise is still a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, and similar issues.

There are two ways to approach weight loss through dieting. The first way could be called nuclear change. On day one, the individual would change everything about their entire diet. The second, more effective way, is to make gradual changes.

Making Gradual Changes

 

Making gradual changes is more likely to stick in the long term. To do this, you would pick a small victory or adjustment to make to your diet each week. For example, you could add a vegetable to every meal or try not to get calories from liquids (aside from milk). Only tackle one change at time. When you have successfully made that change for a period of time, approach an additional change, like eating fruit for dessert instead of a cupcake.

Your goal is to limit and remove as much processed food as possible and substitute it for unprocessed natural foods. You should also be limiting how much you actually consume.

How to Make Healthy Eating Affordable

1. Drink water. – Water is free. If you increase your water intake, you’ll feel fuller. Drinking 16 ounces of water before a meal will make the meal feel more fulfilling to you. Studies have shown that drinking water right before a meal can lead you to lose up to four pounds.
2. Buy healthy food in bulk. – Plan ahead and make batches of snacks. Package your lunches for the week in advance to make sure you don’t end up calling a fast food place at lunch time. When you wake up, just grab your prepackaged lunches and go.
3. If you’re planning to indulge, make the food at home. – Instead of buying brownies or cookies, make them yourself. There’s less sugar, fat, and salt in homemade baked desserts. While eating desserts isn’t going to help you lose weight, homemade is a better alternative to store-bought.

The Difference Between Healthy Eating and Eating to Lose Weight

Losing weight only pertains to calories. Healthy eating means giving your body high quality fuel, ideally in the form of unprocessed foods. In an ideal situation, you would combine the two.

Reusable water bottles like those below are perfect for weight lossMonitor Your Liquids

Liquids are one of the biggest problems for both unhealthy and overweight eaters. Liquids don’t make you feel as full but still give you calories. Drinking milk and black coffee is okay, but everything else should be avoided or considered with discretion.

Smoothies are a really good opportunity to work healthy fruit and vegetables into your diet. Try to add in vegetables like kale and spinach and proteins like almond butter and peanut butter to diversify and add more nutrition to your smoothie. Be cautious of how many calories you’re putting in as you can quickly reach and top 500 calories with only 3 or 4 ingredients.

 

If you would like additional advice on weight loss and healthy eating, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Svestka in Gainesville. You can reach him at (352) 377-1874 or by requesting an appointment online.

To see another SIMED primary care doctor in Gainesville, Ocala, Chiefland, Lady Lake, or McIntosh, call (352) 224-2225 or schedule an appointment online.

Thank you Nina for submitting your resolution. We can’t wait to see you achieve it.