Posts made in October, 2015

Skin Cancer Mole Screenings: 4 Tips For Self Checkups

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog, Health & Medical

Moles are areas of hyperpigmentation on the body. The problem with moles is well known – they can develop into cancerous growths. Just about everyone has freckles or moles, and not all moles are a cause for concern. The following guide can help you keep a watchful eye on any moles you may have so that you know when it is time to visit your doctor for a more thorough checkup. Tip #1: Set a Regular Schedule Regular checks are the best way to catch any problems early. How often you check is up to you. Generally, if you aren’t at high risk for skin cancer, checking every few months is sufficient. Those at high risk should check more often, perhaps once a month or at intervals recommended by your doctor. High risk factors include a previous history of skin cancer, cancer, or precancerous growth, or a family history of skin cancer. Tip #2: Perform All Over Inspections The moles and freckles you see every day are by far the easiest to inspect on your own. Those on your back and neck are obviously the most difficult. You can arrange mirrors to view these areas better, or you can enlist a buddy to help you inspect hard to see...

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The Down-Low On Sleeping In Contact Lenses: Is It Worth The Extra 30 Seconds?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Blog, Health & Medical

If you wear contact lenses, you may be at risk of developing a severe eye infection and going blind. Well, this is only if you condone risky behavior. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all of the 41 million estimated Americans who wear contact lenses say that they engage in one behavior – at minimum – that could increase their overall risk of developing an infection in the eye. What is the one type of behavior that people are committing and shouldn’t be? Read on to find out. One Risky Behavior Can Lead to Serious Eye Troubles Roughly 50 percent of the individuals who responded to the CDC’s survey admitted to wearing their contacts while sleeping, which is a big no-no because it can increase your risk of an eye infection by at least five times, possibly more. More specifically, overnight wear increases the risk of developing an infection of the cornea. In fact, the Huffington Post reported about one guy who went blind in one eye from leaving his contact lenses in overnight for just one night. When it takes only 30 seconds or so to remove your contacts, would you really want to take the risk of something like that happening? How...

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Tips To Improve Your Diet And Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Blog, Health & Medical

You don’t have to wait until you’ve been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or had a heart attack to eat a heart-healthy diet. In fact, you shouldn’t wait for a cardiologist to tell you that you need to follow a heart-healthy diet to improve your eating habits. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Check out these tips to learn what type of changes you can make to your diet lower your risk of heart disease. Reduce Trans and Saturated Fats Saturated and trans fats can raise your LDL cholesterol levels. However, your body already produces LDL cholesterol, so eating too many foods that are filled with saturated and trans fats increases the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood putting you at risk for clogged arteries, heart attacks, blot clots, and strokes. In order to maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels, you should try to limit your trans and saturated fat consumption to around 5 or 6 percent of the total calories you consume each day. To lower the amount of saturated and trans fat you consume you should limit or avoid: Deep-fried food Red meat Whole-fat dairy products Butter, margarine, and shortening Junk food, such as potato chips or packaged cookies Instead, you should: Use two...

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