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    Type 1 Diabetes Management

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disorder caused by the autoimmune destruction of insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas. Without an adequate amount of insulin, the body cannot transport glucose from the blood into the cells, causing glucose levels in the blood to become elevated. Patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes must make various lifestyle changes to ensure proper management of blood glucose levels and to avoid potential disease complications.

    Diet
    While the dietary recommendations for diabetics may seem complicated at first, a second glance will illuminate the fact that a diabetic diet is the same healthy diet recommended for everyone. 

    • Keep a routine
      Your blood sugar will fluctuate based on your meal schedule. Eat three nutritionally balanced meals each day; do not skip meals. Make an effort to include the same amounts of carbohydrate and protein in each meal as the day before. If a meal may be late, always carry snacks.
       
    • Choose healthy foods
      Avoid Trans and saturated fats. Control consumption of carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches. When choosing proteins, focus on leaner meats, such as poultry and fish. Learn to count your carbs, as they have the biggest influence on blood sugar level.

    Exercise
    Regular physical activity, like a healthy diet, is essential for maintaining good health. For those with diabetes, exercise can improve the body’s ability to utilize glucose and lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.

    Smoking
    Not only does smoking increase your risk for developing cancer and other serious medical conditions, it can also keep you from adequately managing your diabetes. If you need help quitting, consult with your doctor. To find a physician, contact Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2700.

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    Learn More About Promoting Overall Health From These Helpful Resources

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you still looking for more ways to improve your mental and physical health? Read through these articles or contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2700 for more information.

    • Are you at risk for developing skin cancer? Find out by reading through this article on the American Cancer Society website.
       
    • Visit the American Academy of Dermatology for more information about what you should be looking for during a skin self-exam. 
       
    • Deliberate sun tanning, outside or in a tanning bed, can significantly increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Check out this article from the Skin Cancer Foundation to find out more about the importance of sun protection.
       
    • Even if you are at a higher risk for a stroke, there are things that you can do that help to prevent a stroke. Read this article from the National Stroke Association for more information.
       
    • Participating in regular physical activity will improve your mental and physical fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention go into more detail about the benefits of exercise on their website.
       
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in the United States. Read more about this progressive disease on MentalHealthAmerica.net.
       
    • You can learn about the 10 signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on the Alzheimer’s Association website.
       
    • Do you still have questions about the effects of Alzheimer’s? This article from the National Institutes of Health answers many frequently asked questions about the disease.
       
    • Visit the American Psychological Association to find out more about a variety of mental disorders and psychological health issues. 
       
    • Mental illnesses are serious conditions that require professional care and support.  The articles found on the American Psychiatric Association website provide more information about many common mental illnesses.

    Stroke Prevention

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A stroke, also commonly called a “brain attack,” is a deadly medical event caused by the interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain. Without its normal supply of oxygen, the brain cells become starved of nutrients and can die within minutes. Patients experiencing stroke symptoms who do not seek immediate stroke care can suffer permanent long-term disability and even death. Even men and women at an increased risk, however, can take steps to prevent a stroke. 

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is proud to offer the community of Las Vegas and the surrounding areas state-of-the-art neurosciences care close to home. Our program specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, advanced craniotomy procedures, and the highest quality of stroke care provided by our Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center.

    To reduce your risk of a stroke and improve your overall health, consider taking the following steps:

    • Exercise more
      If you don’t exercise already, then start. Fitting regular physical activity into your daily routine will not only help to improve your mood and cardiovascular health, but can also help to manage many of the risk factors for stroke, including obesity and high blood pressure.
       
    • Eat a diet low in fat and sodium
      Diets rich in saturated and trans fats contribute to the development of fatty plaques in the arteries and can increase your risk of a stroke. Diets high in sodium can increase your blood pressure and therefore your risk of a hemorrhagic stroke.Do your body a favor and focus on eating higher volumes of leafy greens, fruits, fish, and whole grains instead of fatty, processed food items.
       
    • Speak with your doctor about chronic medical conditions
      Chronic diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes, can increase your risk of a stroke when not managed carefully. Your doctor can help you better manage your condition and may prescribe medications to keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control.

    If you are ever in need of emergency stroke care, you can trust that the experts at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center will work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your symptoms as quickly as possible. Learn more about our neurosciences program by calling (702) 880-2700 today.

    Skin Cancer: Amanda

    Last updated 1 year ago

    According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma accounts for almost 9,000 of the nearly 12,000 skin cancer deaths that occur each year in the United States. Although the condition can be the result of hereditary factors, it is generally caused by overexposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from sunlight or tanning booths. By watching this video, you can learn more about one woman’s experience with skin cancer and how it has changed her life forever.

    Even if you may enjoy the look of a new tan, you should seriously consider protecting your skin from the risk of sun cancer. For more information about covering up and avoiding UV rays during the day, contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 880-2700. Our staff is always available to answer your health-related questions.

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