Wear Blue Day - Friday June 16, 2017

Did you know …

-on average men live about five years less than women?

-men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death?

-1 in 2 men will develop cancer

-approximately 30,000 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer?

-men make ½ as many physician visits for prevention

-men are more likely to be uninsured

 June is Men’s Health Month and it encourages boys and men to seek regular checkups and provides education on health issues that can be preventable and the importance of early detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. 

In celebration of Men’s Health Month, Friday, June 16, 2017 is Wear Blue Day! It is celebrated by government agencies, sports teams, businesses and individuals to show their support and concern for the health and wellness of boys and men. 

Men’s health impacts all of us. We all have men and boys who impact our lives everyday in one way or another. Many women endure seeing their husband, sons, father, brothers, friends and co-workers suffer or die with a disease that might have been able to be prevented. 

Women can make a big difference and help lovingly support and encourage the men in their lives to get the health care they need. Typically, women pay closer attention to health than men and can help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. Many men put their family’s health before their own and will quickly take off work for a child’s appointment or other loved ones appointment but have difficulty taking time off work for their own physician appointment. Too many men in our society are taught to deal with pain silently as little boys and this has unfortunately instilled in men to be quiet about their pain, especially if it is invisible.

Men need to have a routinely scheduled checkup. Your trusted physician will help you set it up and you need to put it on your calendar and stick to it. Be a good example to the little boys looking up to you and know you are loved and the people in your life want you happy, healthy and around. 

We will be wearing blue on Wear Blue Day. We will be adding in physical activity that we can do with others such as bowling and hiking. This month, we will begin drinking more water too. Celebrate Men’s Health Month and begin making the changes to better health. Schedule your appointment for a routine checkup or if you know there’s a problem, call and let’s discuss it and see what Kaner Medical can do to help your life. www.kanermed.com

Remember to wear blue on Wear Blue Day to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. Wear Blue Day is part of a year round health awareness campaign that was created by Men’s Health Network. It is something everyone can do to show support of the importance of good health for boys and men.

Healthier men live happier, longer lives.

Have some social fun and add a picture of you wearing blue on Wear Blue Day, Friday June 16, 2017 on twitter using the hashtags:

#showusyourblue

#menshealthweek

#menshealthmonth

#showusyourblue

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Resource: 

http://menshealthnetwork.org/about

Set An Example For The Next Generation

Summer is almost here and it’s a fun time of year filled with outdoor activities, enjoying time with friends and family and making memories to cherish forever. As we make the most of our summer, there’s a few things we can do to add better health to our life and even prevent possible diseases. As we enjoy the sunshine, we should always wear sunscreen, lipscreen, sunblock, hats and sunglasses. Do your best to avoid the hottest part of the days, take breaks in the shade and drink plenty of water to help your body handle the heat of summer too. Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable yet we get busy and sometimes forget our body needs help handling the heat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United State from 1999-2010.

Too often, our culture doesn’t encourage men and boys to take breaks, seek medical attention, eat and drink healthy and instead is pushing them to do more, be tough, be quick and be strong. Men and boys are hard workers, tough, quick and strong however, our culture needs to push the importance of helping them and teaching them to take good care of themselves as we know healthy men live longer.

June is Men’s Health Month and the perfect opportunity for men to remember and practice good health by scheduling a visit with the doctor. It is a perfect time to raise awareness about preventable health problems, encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. It’s a great time for the rest of us to love, support and encourage the men and boys in our life to develop and maintain healthy living.

 

More than half of all premature deaths in men are preventable.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, the leading causes of death in men were:

1)    Heart Disease

2)    Cancer

3)    Unintentional injuries

4)    Chronic lower respiratory disease

5)    Stroke

6)    Diabetes

7)    Suicide

8)    Alzheimers

9)    Influenza and Pneumonia

10)  Chronic liver disease 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the followings things you can do (or encourage the men and boys in your life to do): 

●     Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal health

●     Quit smoking ( or never try it and never start)

●     Get plenty of exercise

●     Eat healthy and limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol

 It can also be a good idea to: 

●     Do monthly self exams. Visit the doctor with anything that doesn’t look or feel right or that suddenly appears or is abnormal.

●     Find ways to manage stress and talk to a professional if you are overwhelmed, angry or feel you have too much stress to manage.

●     Drink water everyday

   

We wish you a fun and safe summer. Take advantage of summer being the right opportunity to add in exercise and learn to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. Contact us to discuss your needs, screenings, testings, prevention and learn more about what you can do to be healthier and a great example for others around you. Contact us today!  817.484.0352 

The most important part of Weight Loss - Keeping It Off

Has weight loss been something you push aside? We all know that maintaining a healthy body weight is better for our health. With so many quick and easy convenience foods and restaurants with delicious high calorie count dishes available mixed with our on the go constantly in contact lives, we continue to gain a little bit more weight gradually.

Deep down inside, the words weight loss and diet can make us exhausted just to think about it. We see dollar signs as we think joining a gym and selecting the healthier foods is going to cost more than we’re spending now. We see our already packed schedule and cannot imagine adding one more thing.

 

Losing weight isn’t easy but it can be simple. We understand and we will work with you one on one to develop a plan that is unique to you and your situation. We want to help you achieve your goals and see you experience sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. We guide you, provide education, support and measure your accomplishments. We are proud of you and with you for each step you take toward reaching your goal.

Sometimes we all need a little help to achieve our goals. Accepting our body image at a weight that is healthy for us and realizing all of us are not going to look like a fitness guru is a good step. Knowing there is really such a thing as emotional eating and learning how to control it can help with achieving and maintaining your goals. Learning to read food labels and knowing all the things that hinder weight loss is going to make a significant difference as you learn to shop healthier and consume products which work for your goals instead of against them. These are just a few of the keys that will help you achieve your goals and keep that weight off once and for all.

Sustainable weight loss can occur as we make the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain a healthier body. The most important part of weight loss is being able to keep it off. We will help you achieve sustainable weight loss by providing tips and advice on healthy eating, exercise and helping form good habits.

Weight loss can often even help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. There’s no better time than now to get started working toward sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Contact us today and learn how we can help you get weight loss results, gain healthy habits and enjoy a better lifestyle. 

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But with new methods for early detection, the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer has steadily increased. This March, improve your awareness of colon cancer by learning about symptoms of the disease to watch for and lifestyle factors that increase your risk for developing the disease.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Many cases of colon cancer present with no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms that could indicate an issue and warrant urgent medical attention include:

-A change in bowel habits that persists beyond four weeks, including unusual constipation, diarrhea, or change in consistency.

-Blood in the stool, fatigue, weakness and/or unexplained weight loss.

-Chronic abdominal discomfort, including gas, cramps, or a bloated or "full" feeling.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Screening Recommendations

Because this disease is easier to treat in its earliest stages, screening is recommended to detect colon cancer even before it begins to show symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that regular colorectal cancer screenings begin at age 50 for most people. There are a number of screening methods used to detect the presence of cancerous cells in the colon or rectum. These include:

-An annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT).

-Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years combined with FOBT every three years.

-Colonoscopy every ten years.

For most people, screening can be discontinued at age 75. Your doctor can help recommend the screening modality and frequency that's right for you.

Controlling Risk Factors

While some risk factors for colon cancer such as family history and race can't be controlled, making certain lifestyle changes can decrease your risk. Colon cancer is more common among individuals who:

-Have had colorectal cancer or polyps in the past.

-Have a chronic intestinal condition like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

-Eat a diet that's high in fat and low in fiber.

-Rarely exercise, have diabetes, are obese, drink alcohol heavily or smoke.

If you're concerned about your colon cancer risk, making changes to these risk factors is one way to stay healthy. Quit smoking, limit your alcohol use, make sure you get enough exercise and eat more fiber, while limiting fats, sweets and red meat.

Your doctor can help you navigate your colon cancer risk and recommend a course of treatment if you are diagnosed with the disease.

Senior Healthcare Tips - Taking Care of Your Feet

The aging of the human body brings with it common aches and pains. Some of these are debilitating, while others are simple nuisances. Regardless, it is important that we do everything we can to ensure our body remains healthy and strong. As we rely on our feet for basic movement and transportation, it is critical that they are taken care of. Here are a few senior healthcare tips for taking care of your feet.

1. Regular Check-Up

As aches and pains become more commonplace, it can be easy to overlook potential warning signs. Receiving regular medical check-ups can help prevent potential injuries and diagnose any issues that may be present. An experienced medical professional can pinpoint problems that may have gone unnoticed by untrained eyes. This can save seniors from unnecessary pain or future injury.

2. Comfortable Shoes

Another critical component of caring for your feet is to invest in comfortable shoes. The right pair can offer proper stability and support. Furthermore, comfortable shoes can decrease any pain that may be experienced while walking. In terms of picking the right shoes, adding a sole that addresses any specific issues your feet have can be a wise choice.

3. Increase Blood Flow

Restricting blood flow from the feet by sitting too long can have negative effects. It’s important to stand up and move around at least a bit in order to increase circulation to the feet. This ensures that everything remains operating correctly by allowing oxygen to reach all parts of the foot. Since mobility issues may make it difficult to stand up, a similar effect can be achieved by simply straightening your legs.

4. Stretching and Exercising

This tip will be different for every individual depending on their age and ability. Stretching and exercising is a great way to keep your feet healthy. It may seem like this can increase the likelihood of injury, but not when done properly. Under the supervision of a trained professional, the proper amount of exercise can help to reinforce and strengthen an individual's feet. This extra strength can work to prevent against potential injury in the future.

Mobility is one of the most important aspects of a senior's life that needs to be protected at all costs. Additionally, feet are one of the primary movers that help us to get around. Therefore, steps should be taken to ensure their overall care and well-being.

5. Skin and Nail Care

Keeping the skin and nails below your ankles healthy is an important part of overall foot care. The best way to care for dry feet is with a moisturizer that includes lanolin or petroleum jelly as its primary ingredient. And for seniors who have difficulty trimming their own toenails, getting a pedicure (even if it doesn’t include the application of any polish) can help prevent issues like ingrown toenails.

Because senior healthcare is one of the areas we focus on at Kaner Medical Group, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us if you’re experiencing problems with any aspect of your health.

Advice for Dealing with a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

If you're diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's important to know that you're not alone. Although receiving a MS diagnosis can feel scary, the fact that there are over two million people around the world with this condition means your treatment doesn't have to start from scratch. Instead, you can take advantage of what others have learned as they've gone through their journey with this disease:

1. Reduce Stress

Even for someone without MS, completely eliminating stress from their life isn't a realistic goal. However, managing stress to increase energy and improve one's overall sense of well-being is an attainable goal for people with and without MS. The first step in this process is identifying key areas of stress. Once you do that through a technique like journaling or speaking to a counselor, you'll be able to focus on getting your stress under control with the help of strategies like meditation exercises. Just make sure you don’t turn to smoking to deal with stress. In addition to the long list of other reasons not to smoke, continuing to smoke once you have MS seems to increase the damage to your brain.

2. Stay Active

In addition to the standard benefits of exercise, some of the key reasons it's especially important for those with MS is because it helps keep sleep patterns consistent, regulate bowel movements and keep appetite in check. Exercising on a regular basis also means you won't have to worry about the variety of complications that can arise from inactivity. Depending on your starting strength and condition, the exercise you choose can be anything from walking to Tai Chi. You can also initially work with a physical therapist to pinpoint the exercises that are going to work best for you.

3. Be Aware of Vitamin D

Research has shown that there is some relationship between low vitamin D and developing MS or worsening MS symptoms. You may be able to increase your energy and lower pain symptoms by getting enough vitamin D. Eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil are all rich sources of this vitamin. You can also consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement or using a light therapy box.

4. Put the Right Equipment to Use

Orthotics, walkers, canes, leg braces and wheelchairs are the five most common types of medical equipment used by people with multiple sclerosis. These assistive devices can help you overcome common symptoms like impaired vision, weakness and fatigue.

5. Pay Attention to Nutrition

Although there's not an official MS diet, people with this disease who focus on eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean sources of protein, report the highest overall quality of life. Certain supplements like oleic acid and vitamin C can also be very helpful. There's anecdotal evidence that the former reduces the frequency of MS attacks, while the latter can reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections. Recent published by Expert Review of Clinical Immunology has also suggested that diets that which are low-fat but include omega-3s hold promise as a way to manage MS symptoms. 

What Are the Best Options for Successfully Managing Type II Diabetes?

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with type II diabetes, the good news is there are proven options for managing this condition. The most effective options include:

Fully Understanding This Condition

Although over twenty-five million people in the US have diabetes, that doesn't mean this is a condition you should take lightly. On the contrary, if this disease isn't properly managed, it can lead to blindness, stroke, heart disease or even death. As a result of its severity, it's important to learn as much as possible about treatment options, daily management strategies and the effects it has on your body and lifestyle. In addition to upfront learning, you'll also significantly benefit from ongoing personal education.

Getting the Right Care

Not everyone with type 2 diabetes needs to be on medication. But since many people in this position do benefit from one or more diabetes medications, you should talk to your doctor to find out if any options are right for you. Additionally, it's a good idea to at least have a few sessions with a nutritionist. Since diet plays a significant role in diabetes management, getting a personalized plan to follow is very useful.

Actively Tracking

It's important to use a glucose monitor to consistently check and record your levels. It's also a very good idea to do the same for your blood pressure. Not only are there a number of medical devices that can help with this task, but there are also a lot of apps and similar gadgets that make it possible to take control of your tracking.

Utilizing the Right Equipment

Supplies like diabetic socks can help ensure that your quality of life isn't negatively impacted by diabetes. Spending some time reading about what has helped other people can be a very useful activity. It’s also helpful to work with a knowledgeable medical provider who truly understands this condition and can make expert recommendations based on your specific needs.

Learning How to Avoid Complications

Nerve damage, eye problems, kidney damage, and heart disease or stroke are some of the most common complications associated with diabetes. However, the risk of these complications can be greatly reduced with the right management and healthcare. For nerve damage, it's important to let your doctor know if you experience any feelings of burning, tingling or numbness.

With eye problems, don't ignore episodes of blurry vision or eye pressure. When it comes to kidney damage, have your doctor check your blood pressure 2 to 4 times a year. You'll also want to have an annual urine protein test. Finally, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight are the two best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.

Eating Well and Consistent Exercise

What you put in your body and the amount of exercise you get each week can have a huge impact on your quality of life with type II diabetes. You should avoid foods that are heavy in saturated or trans fats, along with processed meats, shortening, processed snacks, sugary drinks and fried foods. And over time, your goal should be to get around thirty minutes of exercise a day.

5 Health Resolutions to Think About for 2017

Now that 2017 has officially arrived, it’s time to think about what you want to accomplish during the next twelve months. For many people, one or more of the resolutions they set are related to health. Although getting serious about health is something we always support, the success rate of resolutions related to health is unfortunately quite low. Even if you’ve experienced this type of issue yourself, you may be wondering why that’s the case.

Some of the most common pitfalls of resolutions related to health are being unrealistic, not being specific enough and trying to sprint instead of running a marathon. These issues are heightened by the fact that even though it’s easy for humans to change our attitudes towards health for the better, taking action and sticking with that action is an uphill battle.

So, what can you do to avoid falling into this common trap? The key is to set one or more manageable resolutions for yourself. To help you get inspired, we’ve put together five well-optimized health resolutions for 2017:

1. Snack Smart

Snacking is often viewed in a negative light. That’s because people tend to snack on things that are low on nutritional value and high on calories. Instead of eliminating snacking, you can help keep your hunger under control by resolving to snack smart. Make a list of acceptable snack foods like fruits and veggies that you can eat guilt-free whenever you start to feel hungry.

2. Start An Exercise Class

Instead of trying to put together a multi-day workout, simply commit to attending an exercise class. Choose something you enjoy, and even if you only go once a week, you will have at least fifty workouts under your belt by the end of the year!

3. Run 30-Day “Experiments”

Committing to something for twelve months can create a lot of pressure. An alternative resolution is to do one 30-day experiment every month. This will give you the ability to try a number of new health initiatives over the course of the year. Then you can stick with any that benefit you and not feel bad about dropping ones that simply aren’t the right fit.

4. Set a Sleep Goal

Sleep is essential for good health, which is why we recommend setting a sleep goal like getting in bed or turning off all your electronic devices at a certain time every day.

5. Make a Bet

Think of this as a way to upgrade your resolutions. By making a bet with at least one other person, you’ll up the stakes for the resolution you set and also build accountability into what you want to accomplish.

Whether you use one of the exact resolutions we covered above or simply use our examples to inspire your own resolution, we wish you a very healthy 2017. If you want professional help with any aspect of your journey to better health this year,scheduling an appointment with Kaner Medical Group is a great way to get started.

Planning to Start Taking Blood Thinners? Read This First

Blood thinners are a common form of treatment for people who are at increased risk of stroke or blood clots. The millions of people who take these drugs include those living with with atrial fibrillation, which is a heart rhythm disorder. Although blood thinners can prevent very dangerous conditions, it’s important to understand that they can carry significant risks. The most notable risk is life-threatening bleeding.

According to the FDA, close to thirty-five thousand reports were submitted about blood thinners last year. This huge number of adverse drug event reports included close to three thousand deaths, along with a little less than ten thousand cases that required hospitalization. A common theme among the cases that required hospitalization was hemorrhaging in the head.

More Information About Blood Thinners

Warfarin is the most common type of blood thinners, which are also known as anticoagulants. This pill is commonly marketed under the brand names of Jantoven and Coumadin. The way dosing is calculated for warfarin is through a blood test that’s usually conducted on a bi-weekly basis. By consistently doing this test, the dose of the drug can be kept low enough to minimize the risk of bleeds but high enough to ensure the drug is still effective at preventing stroke and clots.

According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which is the organization that analyzed all of the adverse drug event reports from the FDA, blood thinners are the outpatient drug treatment with the highest risk for older patients. While blood thinners are a category of medication that has been around since the 1950s, the report specifically noted that this risk has increased over the last six years due to the approval of four new anticoagulants.

The generic and brand names of those four drugs are edoxaban (Savaysa), apixaban (Eliquis), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and dabigatran (brand name Pradaxa). The upside to these drugs is they’re easy to use. The big downside is unlike warfarin, they don’t require blood tests on a regular basis to guide dosing.

What’s interesting is the ease of use and fact that these drugs carry a higher risk is directly related. In the case of rivaroxaban (Xarelto), it’s only taken once a day. The problem with this is the single dose is initially quite high. That can play a direct role in increasing the likelihood of bleeding. The other problem is that initially high dose drops in the blood, which then decreases the drug’s ability to actually protect against stroke.

Be Proactive About Your Health

Blood thinners can be an important treatment option. The big takeaway is to discuss risks and benefits with your doctor before finalizing any decisions about medications. If you’re in Bedford or Euless and want a medical team that will work with you to choose the rightheart treatment, you can count on Kaner Medical Group for truly excellent care.

The Flu Vaccine - Everything You Need to Know

Since December 4th through 12th is National Influenza Vaccination Week, we want to use this opportunity to cover everything you need to know about the flu vaccine. Before we dive into this topic, it’s worth mentioning that Kaner Medical Group hasemployer-sponsored health programs which include an annual flu shot. Contact usonline or by calling 817-857-6565 for more information about this program. 

Is the Flu Vaccine Really Worth It? 

The short answer to that question is yes! Even if you aren’t in a group that’s considered high risk for the worst effects of getting influenza, this condition can be quite unpleasant to go through and cause you to miss important events during what’s supposed to be a very enjoyable time of the year.

How Does This Type of Vaccine Work? 

The two main types of flu vaccine are trivalent and quadrivalent. The way both vaccines work is once injected, antibodies are encouraged to develop in the body over the course of about two weeks. It’s the antibodies which provide protection against the viruses that can cause the flu.

Should Anyone Avoid This Vaccine? And When Is the Best Time to Get It?

For the last six years, the CDC has recommended that everyone over the age of six months should get an annual flu vaccination. Taking this action is especially important for people who are considered high-risk for developing the worst complications related to the flu. Groups who fall into this category include children 2 to 5, adults over 65, women who are pregnant and individuals who live in any type of long-term care facility. Other high-risk groups related to specific medical conditions include individuals with asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders or weakened immune systems. 

In terms of anyone who should avoid the vaccine, there are very few exceptions to the general recommendation to receive it. Those with an egg allergy do need to bring this issue to their provider’s attention prior to vaccination. And while it’s generally best to get the vaccine as close to when it becomes as available as possible, getting it in December or even January is still better than not having it administered at all.

What Side Effects Are Associated with the Flu Vaccine? 

The most common myth about this vaccine is it can give you the flu. While that’s simply not true due to vaccines either not containing the virus or having a virus that’s attenuated, there are some potential side effects of the shot or nasal spray. They range from low grade fever to sore throat. The good news is in almost all cases, any side effects will begin soon after vaccination and are short-lived.

We hope this gave you a better and more accurate understanding of why flu vaccination is so strongly recommended. And if you have any additional questions about this topic, don’t hesitate toget in touch with us.