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FLU Season is Here!

According to the CDC, the flu is a respiratory illness that is a result of coming into contact with the Influenza virus is mostly spread from person to person via droplet transmission. Another words, an infected individual coughs or sneezes near a susceptible person in close contact. You can also become ill from coming in contact with contaminated surfaces. What symptoms does the flu cause? People with the flu will normally have an abrupt onset of cough, muscle aches, fever, fatigue, sore throat and runny nose.

Need better sleep?

Anyone who has spent a night lying awake can vouch for how important a good night sleep is for the body. Quality sleep is important for physical, mental and cardiovascular health. Did you know that chronic interruptions in sleep can lead to elevated risk of heart attack, hypertension, irregular heart beats and stroke? So you may be asking what can help you improve your quality of sleep and decrease sleep interruptions. Well, a new study performed at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that was reported in the Nov. 7, 2012 edition of Medical News Today has linked a reduction of overall body fat, especially around the belly to improved quality of sleep. The study was conducted over a 6 month period of time and included 55 participants. The participants were put into 2 groups randomly. The groups either participated in a weight loss diet & exercise regimen or a diet only group. The participants did a Hopkins Sleep Survey at the start and conclusion of the study. In addition, they measured abdominal fat and BMI's. Both groups lost on average 15lbs and 15% belly fat. The study concluded that both groups improved their sleep score by 20%. Although the study was small it addresses an important issue for many people who suffer from insomnia and the results of poor sleep and gives us another reason to watch our waist line with diet and exercise.

Breast Cancer Awareness

It is the time of year that we see a lot of pink around town in support of breast cancer awareness. This is an important issue for both women and men because it impacts many families each year that receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. It is so important to detect breast cancer early in order to have a better chance at survival.
 
According to the American Cancer Society, there are many risk factors for breast cancer, although you may have some of these risk factors it does not mean that you will ever be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Summer Time

It is getting hotter in Panama City and it is a great time to enjoy the Florida sunshine. Just wanted to remind you to put on sunscreen daily to protect yourself from skin damage. Generously applying sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB with an SPF of at least 30 is a good idea. You can protect your face and neck by wearing a wide brimmed hat. It is also important to limit sun exposure during the most dangerous times of day and to avoid indoor tanning. Don't forget to have regular skin checks by your healthcare professional.

Holiday Greetings

We are just days away from Christmas a time that can be very stressful for a lot of people for various reasons. This year slow down and take the time to enjoy family and friends. Simplify the holidays by keeping the gift giving simple and focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I thought that I would share a holiday tip for decreasing the temptation of holiday overeating. One patient of mine is really focusing on her health this season and was finding the holiday parties a big temptation. She successfully managed to minimize holiday snacking by drinking lots of water before she attended the parties. If you are dieting at this time of year that it is a wonderful tip. Remember to focus on the important things and don't stress the small things. Kathy and I at Spikes Medical want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  

Ribbon cutting

We are so excited to announce that we will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 8th 2011 at 4 pm. We invite all of our friends and family out to visit on that day!

Thanksgiving Feast is over

We had a great Thanksgiving Holiday with a few days off from work and some midnight shopping done! The leftovers have been put away and it is time to start thinking about portion control again when fixing those meals. It is Diabetes awareness month and many people are at risk for developing this condition. It is important to eat a balanced diet, get out and move daily and have an evaluation by a health professional to determine ways to improve your health. You can be checked for this common condition at Spikes Medical. Call and make an appointment today !

health information

I read an article today in HealthDay by Denise Mann that introduced new evidence that middle aged women who consume two or more sugary drinks per day were almost 4 times more likely to have elevated triglycerides and blood sugar levels in comparison to women that drank less than one drink per day.  This was true regardless of the women's weight. This is important because elevations of these levels can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, women who consumed more sugar drinks had a greater amount of belly fat. These are compelling reasons to put away the sodas and pick up some H2O. This is a simple way to improve your health!

Well check up

One of the most important things that you can do this year is to schedule for a yearly wellness exam! It is very important to do screening exams in order to detect problems that can be addressed early before they cause major health issues. Heart Disease is known as the "silent killer". It is often too easy to ignore signs that signal trouble. There are steps that can be taken to reduce your risk of this common cause of mortality. Make an appointment today to discuss your risk factors and things that you can do to help achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Bay County Fair

It has been an exciting time here around Spikes Medical. Fall is in the air and it is time to get outdoors to enjoy some cooler weather with the family. Lace up those tennis shoes and take the dogs out for an afternoon walk. Spikes Medical, LLC will be at the Bay County Fair this week. Be certain to stop by our table and pick up a free health screening card. Remember, October is breast cancer awareness month. So many people have been impacted by this diagnosis. Talk to your healthcare provider about when you are due for a mammogram and clinical breast examination.