March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. All patients should be screened regularly for colorectal cancer. Ask your Aveon provider for more details on screening guidelines, risk factors, and signs and symptoms for colon cancer.
The Center for Disease Control recommends these five tips to help improve your heart health:
1. Eat a healthy, well balanced diet
At Aveon, we recommend nutrient rich vegetables, lean proteins, and limited complex carbohydrates. Avoid juice, sugary drinks, and soda.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
A BMI above 25 is considered to be overweight, and above 30 is obese. We can help you reach your weight goals, with safe and effective nonsurgical interventions.
3. Stay physically active
Adults should spend a minimum of 2.5 hours of cardiovascular exercise such as biking, hiking, swimming, or brisk walking. If you suffer from joint pain that is limiting your ability to exercise, our Aveon team can help get you moving again.
4. Quit or Avoid Tobacco
Using tobacco of any kind (cigarettes, hooka, cigars, chew, pipes, vapes) is related to serious health conditions. If you are ready to quit, ask your Aveon provider for more information.
5. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Excessive drinking can lead to health and legal issues. If you or a family member has concerns about their alcohol intake, reach out to your Aveon provider for help.
Go to the CDC website for more information.
January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck that plays an important role in how our overall body functions. Thyroid disorders can impact many other organ systems including the heart, gastrointestinal tract, brain and skin. Thyroid disorders are relatively common, as many as 30 million Americans have a thyroid condition. If you have questions regarding thyroid health, contact your Aveon provider.
The Center for Disease Control has reported a significant increase in the number of measles infections in the last year. The state of Washington has declared a state of emergency due to a current outbreak. Measles is an infectious disease spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include fever, cough, rash, runny nose and watery eyes. Complications of measles includes permanent hearing loss, encephalitis (swelling of the brain) which can lead to permanent disability, pneumonia, and death. Additionally, the infection can cause serous complications for pregnant females and their unborn child. Measles is extremely contagious and can cause significant complications for those exposed. The good news, is that there is an extremely effective vaccine that can prevent up to 97% protection. To ensure your safety, contact your Aveon provider if you have symptoms of measles, as well as for the preventative vaccination.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Below are some facts regarding glaucoma from the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Ask your Aveon provider about glaucoma screening at your next annual well exam.
“Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.”
Weight management is a concern for many patients. Overweight and obesity rates in the US have continued to increase over the last several decades. There are many factors that contribute to an individuals weight as well as many health conditions associated to carrying extra weight. The Center for Disease Control states that patients who are classified as obese spend $1429 more on health care costs than an patient who is average weight. If you have concerns or questions about improving your overall health and reducing your risk of complications related to weight, we can help. Contact your Aveon provider to learn more.
January is national blood donor month. Giving blood is an opportunity to save a life. See the following facts from the Red Cross regarding blood donation:
1. Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.
2. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to choose your resolution. Take some time out a few days before and think about what you want to achieve.
3. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.
4. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
5. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.
6. Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure.
7. To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.
8. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.
9. Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.
10. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.