Showing posts from January, 2018

Would You Know Thyroid Cancer If You Had It?

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let’s just start with the surprising truth—that thyroid cancer is becoming more prevalent and more deadly than ever before. So, what does this mean for you?
Well, if you’re a woman (of any age) and you have a thyroid condition (like 27 million Americans), thyroid cancer should be on your health radar.
Now, for the good news: thyroid cancer is generally easy to treat. But of course, like other types of cancer, early detection and routine screenings are essential. If you’re like most people, though, you may not know much about your thyroid—like where it’s even located. Not to worry, I-Wen Chang, MD, an oncologist affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center, provides the 9 facts about thyroid cancer everyone should know:
1. Cancer doesn’t stop your thyroid from working.
Your thyroid keeps your body’s systems in check. Thanks to the hormones it produces, your metabolism, heart rate and energy levels are all kept running smoothly.
Despite its small…

Fall In Love With Your Health: February Classes 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 available here.
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 call 678-312-6048.

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Do You Know The Truth About Sciatica?

Most of us have resigned to the fact that we’ll experience back pain at some point. Whether it’s the result of a pulled muscle, a slipped disc or just wear and tear—when it comes to back pain, it’s not about if it will happen, but when it will happen.
And because it can run the complete pain spectrum ranging from mild, dull and annoying to persistent, severe and disabling, it’s nearly impossible to know the exact cause behind your discomfort. Not to mention, knowing just what you should be doing to treat it.
So, if you have back pain, where should you start? Our recommendation is getting the low-down on some of the most common culprits. At the top of the list—sciatica. Despite it being a surprisingly common condition (more than 3 million cases per year) it’s often misunderstood. According to Robert Ayer, MD, a neurosurgeon with GMG's Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, this is what you need to know:
1. For starters, sciatica isn’t a medical condition.
Oftentimes, when people hear …

5 Common Myths About Getting Pregnant

When you were younger, you wondered where babies came from. Was it some sort of magic? Were they delivered by storks? By now, though, you’ve left those childish fantasies in the past and you have a much better understanding of what it means to have a baby. Well—sort of.
The truth is most women still have a ton of questions when it comes to the whole baby-making process. And if you feel this way, you aren’t alone. In fact, several recent studies show that a majority of women still have misconceptions about fertility and pregnancy.
So, let’s get real about pregnancy. Here’s the inside scoop on some of the most common myths and the helpful information you actually need to know (and have always wondered about).
Myth #1: Your period is irrelevant.
While a regular menstrual cycle is typically 28 days, most cycles may not fit into this schedule—and that’s okay. It’s completely normal to start a few days early or last a few days longer. However, if you’re cycle varies and is somewhat unpredict…