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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

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Keeping your heart healthy is imperative, but how do you do that in a world full of fast food, technology (in place of exercise), alcohol, and tobacco? Yes, I know you’ve heard it all before, but humor me…here it comes again! In the United States, heart disease is the number one killer of adults. We eat too much, move too little, drink alcohol like water, and puff away on cancer sticks (a.k.a. tobacco and weed). You’d have to live under a rock to not know all those behaviors contribute to diseased blood vessels and weak heart muscles…but knowledge doesn’t always bring about change. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, alcohol intake, and smoking are all heart disease risk factors …

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God is Bigger than all Questions

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2019 is upon us, and January is over! I was thinking today, as I made my bed, about God and what He does. Suddenly, a thought popped into my mind…God equips me, comforts me, leads me, guides me, gladdens me, stops me, encourages me, disciplines me, and holds me in and through whatever trial, pain, pleasure, joy, job, rest, day, night, event, relationship, and responsibility HE ordains for me. It’s that simple. He never leaves me. Mind blown. Mic dropped.  Yes, His Word tells us this. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”(Hebrews 13:5), but how often do we really remember and believe this?  I suppose when I’m looking into my granddaughter’s sweet little face, I know beyond …

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Diabetes – Are you at risk?

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Let’s Talk About Diabetes November is National Diabetes Month!  This is the perfect time to talk about who’s at risk and how you can work to prevent this serious health problem. The Symptoms Have you been really thirsty lately? Can’t get enough water? How’s your vision…blurry? Although you’re eating, are you still hungry much of the time? Do you notice you’ve been urinating excessively and feeling extremely fatigued? If you answered yes to those questions, you need to have your blood sugar checked. According to the American Diabetes Association, the signs and symptoms of diabetes can sneak up on you. Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes, usually presents itself as people age and become overweight and obese. Type 1Diabetes is typically diagnosed …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breasts are important, but so is the rest of you!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month for women as well as men. Pink abounds on posters, T-shirts, wristbands, and football cleats. There are multiple agencies and medical organizations with varying recommendations on how often and at what age women, in particular, should be screened for breast cancer with mammography. The United States Preventative Task Force recommends women age 50 to 74 have biennial mammogram screening. The American Cancer Society guidelines state women of “average risk” begin screening mammograms between age 40 and 44 years. Women between the ages of 45 and 54 should have a mammogram yearly, and those 55 and older should undergo a mammogram every two years. Men, on the other hand, should undergo testing if they are …

Believe it or not, Dudes, Your Health Matters!!!

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June is Men’s Health Month, a nationally recognized and designated time to focus on encouraging men of all ages to pay attention to their physical and mental health. My addition to this very necessary awareness month is also spiritual health screening because when your spirit is ignored, your mind and body begin to feel the pain. Anyway, let’s get on with it.   As a family nurse practitioner, I care for males and females across the life span: newborns through elderly. My unofficial survey, based on daily interaction with patients, shows that most of the adult male patients I see rarely seek health care.   A typical response to the question “When was your last physical exam?” is “Well, let’s …