Showing posts from January, 2017

Upcoming Classes & Support Groups At GMC

All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at . Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is also available  here . Classes Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held  5 – 7:30 p.m.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please

Wanted: Whole Grains In Your Diet

We’ve all heard the names—quinoa, bulgur, barley, rye and buckwheat—but do these super whole-grains really live up to their healthy reputation? And an even more important question is, are you getting enough of them? Surprisingly, you may fall into the nearly 40 percent of Americans who don’t eat whole grains at all. In fact, a recent study looked at the results of a national health survey that included more than 9,000 children and adults. The researchers found that too few survey respondents reported eating enough whole grains. More than half of the people surveyed did manage to eat some whole grains. But only 3% of children and 8% of adults ate 3 ounces a day. Keep in mind, that's the minimum daily amount health experts recommend. On top of that, their favorite whole-grain sources were breakfast cereals, bread, oatmeal and popcorn. Not All Whole Grains Are Created Equal Whole grains have essential nutrients for your body. They are an excellent source of magnesiu

Are You Exercising At The Right Pace?

The fitness world is full of tips on how to get the best workout possible. However with so much information, it can leave you wondering, how do I know if I’m getting the right exercise ? If you do too much, you’ll get tired too quickly or get hurt. But if you do too little, you won’t get the health rewards you want. One measurement that can help guide your exercise efforts, regardless of what shape you are in, or what type of exercise you’re doing, is your heart rate. Why is Heart Rate So Important? Exercise is a lot more than just an energy booster or stress reliever; it plays a vital role in heart health . Aerobic exercise , or exercise that raises your heart rate, helps by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol  and burning calories . It can also improve your resting muscle tone and your mood. Far too many individuals push too hard while exercising. They think exercise has to hurt and they'll work out at a pace that's

What Your Joint Pain Is Trying To Tell You

Whether it’s an achy elbow , a sore shoulder or a tender knee , joint pain is something we’ve all experienced. And because it’s such a common condition and can include any joint throughout the body, it’s often difficult to narrow down the cause. One key distinction to note if you are experiencing joint pain is whether or not you are experiencing the pain in multiple joints or just one. Arthritis , for instance, is one of the most common causes of chronic joint pain throughout the body. However, if you are experiencing joint pain in only one joint, it’s likely that you have bursitis or tendonitis . Both of these conditions, often caused by overuse, are telling your body to slow down and rest. So…you may be wondering what the difference is between bursitis and tendonitis? Is bursitis busting up your joints? Pity the poor bursa. We have about 150 of these simple, fluid-filled sacs throughout our bodies. Known all together as "bursae," they protect and lubric

3 PMS-Relieving Tips Every Woman Should Know

Ladies, you all know the symptoms . Bloating, headaches, moodiness and cramping can only mean one thing; it must be that time of the month. Like clockwork, a woman’s menstrual cycle is brought on by changing levels of hormones throughout the body.  For many women, the menstrual cycle is accompanied by PMS , which is often linked to the changing levels of estrogen , serotonin and progesterone . And while the uncomfortable symptoms of PMS are only temporary, they can still put quite a damper on your day. However, it may surprise you to learn that your diet can have a big impact on your body’s ability to cope with PMS.  Sheila Warren, RN, Gwinnett Medical Center's Women's Health Navigator , explains which foods can boost serotonin levels, give you energy and help lessen symptoms.       1. A balanced diet is extra important. To counter PMS symptoms, maintain a balanced diet. This means including foods in the following food groups: dairy, grains, fruits and v