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Archive for June, 2014

Eat Breakfast like a Champion to Manage Diabetes

June 26, 2014

When your mother told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, she was absolutely right.

New research shows that eating just 2, but large, meals a day at breakfast and lunch could potentially be the best way for people with type 2 diabetes to control their weight and blood sugar. The study proved that eating fewer meals per day could improve fasting glucose levels, lower liver fat content, better insulin sensitivity and help manage weight loss.

Czech researchers assigned 54 diabetics to a 12 week diet consisting of either two or six meals per day – but the same number of overall calories. The group that ate two larger meals per day reduced their weight and waist circumference more than those who ate six smaller meals throughout the day.

These findings prove that eating two to three meals per day will work for people with diabetes. Breakfast should be the largest meal, lunch should be heavy and dinner should be light.


Diabetes Prevention


While meal plans can be used to help manage diabetes, the goal is always prevention. With diabetes affecting more than 26 million Americans and quickly growing, it’s more important than ever to know your personal risk factors:

  • Family History
  • Race (African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Asian Americans are at an increased risk)
  • Being Overweight
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal fasting glucose screening results

If you have any of these risk factors, or are above the age of 45, it is recommended that you have a blood glucose screening once every three years.

If you are at risk for diabetes, you may also be at risk for other diseases. Download our free health screening guide to learn more about early disease detection and the power of prevention.

Why Olive Oil is Healthy for Your Heart

June 19, 2014

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to better cardiovascular health, even though it is relatively high in fat. New research  shows that there is a ‘fusion’ of healthy fats in olive oil with nitrates in greens like spinach and celery in the Mediterranean diet that creates a nitro fatty acid. This acid relaxes blood vessels and brings down blood pressure – key components of heart health. While this study was conducted using mice, researchers believe that the nitro fatty acid that resulted applies in human beings.

The combination of olive oil with greens is what makes the Mediterranean diet helpful with reducing the incidence of cardiovascular problems like stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. Olive oil also helps arterial function in elderly individuals. The fats in olive oil help to prevent damage to the layer of cells that line the inner walls of the arteries and help blood circulate smoothly.


 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive Oil as an Anti-Inflammatory: Oleic acid, which is the most prominent fatty acid in olive oil can reduce inflammatory markers similar to C-Reactive Protein. Other antioxidants in olive oil work similar to ibuprofen, and 3.4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effect to 10% of an ibuprofen dosage for pain relief.

Preventing Cancer: A potential contributing factor to cancer is oxidative damage, which olive oil antioxidants reduce. Oleic acid in olive oil is resistant to oxidation and can have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.

Improving Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Disease: One feature of Alzheimer’s Disease is a buildup of beta amyloid plaques in neurons inside of the brain. These plaques are protein tangles that substances in olive oil can help to clear away.


 Healthy Lifestyle

While olive oil maybe a health food that is here to stay, adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent developing serious chronic disease. Exercising daily, eating healthy and nutrient dense foods and managing risk factors are all important in disease prevention. We strongly encourage you to take control of your health, and know your personal risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about our health screening services.

Lower Your Diabetes Risk

June 12, 2014

Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States, but it is largely preventable.

Type 2 affects around 90% of the 26 million Americans who have diabetes. So what can you do to prevent it? Prevention comes down to living a healthy lifestyle and doing all of things that you know you should do: keep your blood sugar under control, eat healthy, exercise daily, and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Surprising Tips to Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

So if you watch what you eat and exercise daily, what else can you do to prevent diabetes? Try some of these surprising tips, shown by research to lower diabetes risk.

Drink Coffee: Go ahead and have a refill. People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four year period had an 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes, according to a study  from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Snack on Nuts: Almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Just be careful not to eat too many at a time – keep the quantity to a handful to avoid piling on extra calories.

Pass on Heavy Alcohol: Moderation is still the key. Binge drinking can increase the risk for developing diabetes by disrupting the effects of insulin in the brain.

Walk after Meals: People who sit six to eight hours per day are 19% more likely to develop diabetes, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. So take a quick walk a half hour after eating. Even a 15 minute stroll can help lower post-meal blood sugar levels for three hours.

Start to Lift Weights: Weight lifting and resistance training can keep blood sugar levels lower than aerobic exercise can. Resistance training has multiple health benefits, and is recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes.

Skip the Soda: Drinking just one or two sugary sweet beverages a day can increase your risk for diabetes by 26%, even if you drink diet soda. So instead of reaching for soda, try green tea, seltzer water flavored with unsweetened juice, or opt for just plain water.

Eat Less Meat: Eating a high rate of red meat, especially processed meats, can increase a woman’s risk for developing diabetes. Red meat is a major source of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein. Processed meats are far worse with preservatives, additives and chemicals, which raise your risk. Substitute red meat with fish, poultry, low-fat dairy and whole grains to lower your risk.

Add Citrus to you Diet: Oranges and orange juice can actually help individuals manage their diabetes. Grapefruits, lemons and citrus fruits have the ability to slow glucose uptake and inhibit its movement through the intestines and liver.


Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs

Many people with type 2 diabetes live with the disease for years without realizing that they have it. They only learn after it causes other health complications like heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease and eye damage.

It is recommended for anyone over the age of 45 to be screened every three years for type 2 diabetes. For a complete list of warning signs and risk factors visit out diabetes screening page.


Top 100 Community Hospitals

June 9, 2014

Each year, the top “100 Great Community Hospitals” list is released by Becker’s Hospital review. The list is based off of accolades, quality and service to the local communities.

We have an amazing list of hospital partners that help us achieve our health screening awareness and prevention goals. We are proud of all of our hospital partners and the work that they do, and we want to congratulate our hospital partners that have been recognized as great community hospitals:

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center dates back to 1867, when it was established as a tent hospital constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to treat workers injured while building the transcontinental railroad. Today, the 222-bed hospital includes a medical staff of more than 170 clinicians and upwards of 2,000 employees. The hospital is home to the state’s first Level II trauma center and comprehensive weight loss surgery program.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a younger institution, opened in 2003, but its role in the Florida Panhandle is sturdy. The hospital — part of Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension Health — includes a spine center, heart and vascular center, and family birth place. Truven Health Analytics named Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

St. Francis Downtown (part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System): St. Francis Downtown is a 245-bed facility with all private rooms. The community hospital, part of Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System, offers a full range of services, including open-heart surgeries and bone marrow transplantation. CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 50 in the nation for overall medical care, and it is one of Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals for 2014.

St. Mary Medical Center: The 374-bed St. Mary Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1973. The hospital includes a staff of more than 700 physicians who provide care at the hospital’s cancer, heart and vascular, trauma and orthopedic centers, among other services and specialties. Truven Health Analytics named St. Mary Medical Center as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.

We are the nation’s leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings [], for more information on our current lists of hospital partners, click here .



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