Showing posts from April, 2018

6 Hidden Skin Cancer Symptoms You Can't See

Skin cancer—there’s no faster mood-killer when enjoying the summer sun. That’s probably because on some level, we all know that spending ample time in the sunshine, especially without proper protection, really isn’t healthy.
But because it feels so darn good to be in the warmth of the sunshine, most of us continue to soak up the afternoon rays anyway. Which is partly why skin cancer is consistently the most common type of cancer year after year, with millions of new, non-melanoma cases diagnosed annually.
Yet another reason skin cancer is so prevalent: people dismiss it as being minor, or not life-threatening, but this can lead to a late-stage diagnosis. While skin cancer diagnosed at a late stage is still treatable, it can be much more dangerous.
So, in addition to practicing safe sun protection, the best thing you can do is to learn the early warning signs and symptoms. In addition to the ABCDE rule of skin cancer, you’ll want to remember that symptoms aren’t always just skin deep.

3 Reasons Your Back Pain May Be Worse This Summer (And What To Do)

Who knew that summer was back pain season? But anyone who’s had a sore back after a day filled with yard work, or stiffness from a bad night’s sleep knows this to be true. So is it your imagination, or do the summer months really lead to more back pain?

Well, thanks to the combination of hot temperatures, high humidity levels and changes in barometric pressure, back pain actually is more likely. But it isn’t just weather that’s to blame, dehydration and common exercise mistakes come in to play as well.
However, with these simple tips from Bethwel Raore, MD, a neurosurgeon with GMC’s Back Pain Center, you’ll be able to stay pain free all summer long.
Humidity & Barometric Pressure
While it may seem surprising that changes in weather could cause back pain, even slight changes in humidity and barometric pressure create changes throughout our bodies, especially joints.
Baroreceptors, sensors within our vascular system that help regulate blood pressure, are often triggered by changes in …

Should I Be Worried About E. Coli?

Romaine lettuce, beloved for its crispy crunchiness, mild flavor and nutrients, has taken a bit of a hit thanks to a recent E. coli outbreak that has spread across 16 different states (Georgia is now one of them).
While at first you may have thought it worth the risk to enjoy eating this leafy green, by now you know that even restaurants and grocery stores are steering clear of romaine lettuce (all varieties), just to be safe. So, as the number of E. coli cases continues to grow you’re likely wondering if you’re at risk for E. Coli?
But before we tackle that question, we have a few truth bombs to drop on you.
First, what you think you know about E. Coli may be all wrong. For instance, did you know that E. Coli, the abbreviation for Escherichia coli, isn’t just one type of bacteria, it’s actually an entire group of diverse bacteria (with the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli being the culprit for many outbreaks)? Or that E. coli isn’t all bad and that it actually lives in the intestines of…

6 Delicious Ways To Actually Keep Your Salad Healthy

In theory, salads should be the perfect, go-to healthy meal. But after adding a few handfuls of cheese, maybe some croutons, and some bacon or chicken—after all, you need protein—that low calorie, nutrient-filled meal is long gone.
Salad bars just make it so easy to get carried away. You make your way through option after option, getting a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and before you know it, your healthy lettuce base is just a vessel for a whole bunch of unhealthy toppings. Things like dried fruit, roasted nuts, peas/corn and fat-free dressings are sneaky, unhealthy items that add up, thanks to extra carbs, sugar and salt.
So, in the name of keeping salads as they should be, nutritious and delicious, here are a few salad toppers that you can enjoy atop your favorite mixed greens—excluding romaine lettuce for now (per recent recalls):
1. Chickpeas: Whether you like them roasted and toasted, or fresh out of a can, chickpeas can be a great source of protein and fiber for …

Are Your High Standards Harming Your Health?

There’s no better feeling than reaching that long sought-after goal (finally!). But what happens when you aren’t able to reach that goal? Whether you’re striving to lose a few pounds, to get a promotion at work or to stick to that new tight budget, having something to strive toward can be both a blessing and curse.
While goals can be a great source of motivation, they can also fuel feelings of disappointment and anxiety, especially when you’re striving toward unrealistically high standards. This is where perfectionism comes in.
Now most of us know that perfection is an impossible standard. Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t always stop us from pursuing it, sometimes without even knowing it. So when your goals shift from inspiring and self-esteem building to degrading and stressful, your perfection may be in overdrive.
Here are 8 Signs To Watch For:

1.You’re always stressed out. “Elevated stress can adversely affect your health by causing the hunger hormone, ghrelin, to rise and increa…

Can Temperature Ups & Downs Make You Sick?

Just when you thought spring had sprung, in comes the cold, rainy and windy weather. But all those fluctuating temperatures are just the magic of spring (said no one ever). Not only are these temperature highs and lows hard to dress for—should you be wearing a sweater or a short-sleeved shirt, maybe both?—but the constant changing can feel exhausting, both physically and mentally.
Now is it just you, or do fluctuating temperatures really impact your health? Sort of. After all, temperatures aren’t the only factor that can impact how you’re feeling, especially in this pollen-filled time of year.
So, in the midst of this season’s rollercoaster temperatures, here are some of the effects it may have on your health:
1. More frequent headaches: Migraines in particular can be impacted by weather—more than 50% of people report weather as a major trigger. This is often due to changes in barometric pressure, which can impact blood flow and increase sinus pressure making headaches more likely.
2. S…

Fill Your Spring Calendar With Health: Upcoming Classes & Events

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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