Don’t Get Caught Fighting The Flu

As cold and flu season arrive, you will hear about people you know who are fighting the flu. It’s unavoidable, when someone is sick with the flu they tell you about the headache, the body aches, chills, upset stomach and their overall misery. On the heels of their misery you will also hear a bevy of flu remedies and flu medication. At present, there really isn't a "flu medication" and when people talk about it, they are referring to the many over the counter products they purchase to help relieve the symptoms of the flu.  

Some of the flu remedies we've heard that help are

●     Rest and relax

●     Chicken Noodle Soup or Won Ton Soup

●     Drink lots of water

●     Drink green tea and ginger tea

●     Eat hot and spicy foods

●     Eat recipes containing garlic and onions

If you're a victim of the flu (and to prevent catching it), be sure to wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make sure you wash all laundry the sick person has used as well as all utensils to help decrease the chances of others in your household catching the flu. If you notice the symptoms of the flu are not improving with OTC medications to relieve symptoms, drinking plenty of water and resting, don’t delay, be certain to call us and see if there's anything we can do to help support you through the flu.

If you’re old enough to read this, chances are you know that the symptoms of the flu can and most likely do make you miserable. Adding to the frustration is that you will be missing out on your typical routine for a few days. Make sure you let your boss know you won’t be at work. If you’re in school hopefully you can make-up your assignments. When it comes to fun events and special days that have been planned for a while, you’ll be tempted to “put on a brave face” and go through with those plans but please, stay home, stay in bed because after being out for a little while you will feel run down. Also, you won't want to spread your germs.&nbsp

So if you are on the fence about getting your flu shot, do it, if not for yourself do it for your friends and family. Do it for your boss and all the people depending on you at work to be there. 

Need more incentive, just think about the potential of lost time when you are sick and get your flu shot. 

Flu recovery most commonly will take 5-10 days and the best thing to do is stay home. There is not an actual treatment for the flu. 

It is recommended to get your flu immunization as soon as possible to prevent the flu. Kaner Medical Group has flu vaccine availability and the flu vaccine cost $10 with check or cash. The flu vaccine administration is easy and appointments can be scheduled or you can walk up to our flu station at your convenience.

I Spent Decades Dreaming About My Dream Weight...

Do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about losing weight? Do you get up and have snacks? How often do you think about your dream weight? Is it only every morning as you get dressed? Is it every time you shower? Is it every time you notice that article of clothing getting too tight? Is it every time you notice you’ve taken a step in the right direction with exercising and a wise food choice? 

spent decades thinking about my dream weight. I would make some great food choices and had some bad habits that were difficult to get rid of such as soda and bedtime snacks.
 

Today, in America, more than 35% of adults over the age of twenty are overweight. The thirty pounds I needed to lose haunted me for a very long time and finally, I was able to get on the right path with the help I needed. A one on one approach helped me achieve sustainable weight loss. I couldn’t do it alone. I couldn’t be disciplined to make a wise food choice more often than not. I couldn’t be disciplined to exercise daily. I couldn’t be disciplined to drink more water than coffee and soda. It was not easy. It was not quick. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and with a support team in place, walking with me step by step, my goal was was attainable. 

We offer the one on one approach that so many people need to be successful. When we do the weight loss journey with a professional, we receive the correct information as well as motivation. We need the experts to help us achieve our dream of weight loss as well meaning friends and family may not realize that everyone needs an individual plan. We provide help every step of the way to help you achieve your weight loss goals and be on your way to a better quality of life and healthier lifestyle. 

Let us help you make your dreams come true. We will put an action plan together so you can do this and live life at your ideal weight. You won’t have to be dreading summer, t-shirts, swimming and photographs. You might just be able to play more, relax more, embrace your body image, look better and even be healthier. We also provide you with valuable knowledge to help you sustain your dream weight long term so ideally you will never need another diet.

At Kaner Medical Group, we are passionate about helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals. We meet your individual needs as everyone is unique. Our team is highly trained and will help you discover healthy ways to manage your weight in a sustainable way so you’ll never have to be dreaming about losing weight again.

 

Everything Is Fresh And Blooming

It is such a beautiful time of year, warm weather, flowers, leaves on trees and wait, congestion, sneezing, headaches and you are too miserable to enjoy this wonderful season where everything is fresh and blooming. If you are allergic to all of the pollen and lots of things in the air, this time of year is one filled with various allergy symptoms that you need to figure out how to manage.

To help you with your seasonal allergy battle here are some tips that might help you get out and enjoying time with family and friends instead of being forced to stay inside in air conditioning until fall:

1)    Take your shoes off at the door to track less allergens inside.

2)    Don’t re-wear that outfit - wash it!

3)    Shower or bathe, wash your hair as soon as you are inside and finished for the day.

4)    Everyone in your house needs to do this, following the basics (shoes off, clothes in laundry and shower) too so allergens are lessened inside your home and everyone can be more comfortable. Help make it your sanctuary where you can breathe a bit easier.

5)    Clean the linens weekly in hot water.

6)    Put stuffed animals in the freezer for a little while to kill dust mites.

7)    Carry tissues!

8)    Carry an antibacterial wipe and wipe down frequently.

9)    If you are a dog owner, wipe down your dog after it is outside so it doesn’t bring allergens inside and bathe your dog more frequently this season.

10)  Don’t wait to start suffering, begin your antihistamines before you are miserable and as directed by your allergist.

11)  Eye drops can help temporarily relieve itching eyes.

12)  Early mornings are the worst time if you are allergic to pollen and all the beautiful things that are blooming. Learn to enjoy the beautiful spring and summer evenings.

13)  There’s tons of air purifiers, plants and even a lamp that claims to help with allergies. Check out the reviews and give one a try.

While all of these great ideas can help lessen the impact of symptoms of allergies, the best thing you can do is see an allergist on a routine basis and follow the doctor’s orders! The allergist will be able to do allergy testing and know how to relieve specific symptoms better than anyone else. None of the above tips are medical advice, they are just things we do in our home that we believe makes a difference. Our goal is always to manage the allergies and asthma well and take the lowest doses of medicines to be effective. Your allergist can help you become symptom free. Call Kaner Medical Associates today and get your appointment scheduled. Don’t go through another season where your allergies are triggered alone without some help, support and relief - http://www.kanermed.com/AllergyTesting.shtml

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

#wearblueday

 

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.