March is National Nutrition Month, so what better time to take stock of what you’re eating — and not eating. Finding out the nutritional value and calories of your favorites foods, along with healthier alternatives and delicious, healthy recipes, has never been easier. These smartphone nutrition apps are designed to help you make healthy food choices, which leads to improved heart health.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Features: Gives nutritional content of thousands of foods, allows entry of weight and exercise regimens. Features a food diary, weight chart, and barcode scanner for nutrition labels. (Doesn’t do the math for you or create charts or spreadsheets.)
Seems like the minute you discover you are pregnant, people start reminding you that you are eating for two and to take it easy. While decades ago that was the advice given to women (and is still what many of those around you may be saying), research has shown that a healthy diet, appropriate weight gain and staying active during pregnancy is the best approach for both you and your baby.
Guidelines for how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy were most recently updated in 2009. Continue reading →
Your alarm clock and your body clock CAN be in sync for Daylight Saving Time
It’s that time of year again – time to ‘spring forward’ with our clocks even though there’s still snow on the ground.
Time to lose an hour of precious sleep that most of us can’t afford.
Time for a super-groggy Monday morning.
Or is it? U-M sleep specialist Cathy Goldstein, M.D., says you don’t have to suffer – if you pay attention to your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm, and adjust it starting a few days ahead of the clock change. She’s a sleep neurologist at the U-M Sleep Disorders Center.
We’re all prone to the uncomfortable feeling that arises when a doctor mentions screening for colon or rectal cancers. Despite the unease surrounding this topic, it’s time to stop avoiding the colonoscopy and get screened! There are often no symptoms with colorectal cancer. You can’t feel a polyp, and very rarely will you see visible blood. For this reason, screening is the most effective way to be protected.
According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths in both men and women. Further, it is currently the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. That is why doctors recommend screenings, even though they may be embarrassing to discuss.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum, most often as a polyp, or a small piece of tissue that protrudes from the inner wall. Screenings help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they progress. Everyone needs screening because we are all at risk for colon cancer. If everyone got screened we could prevent up to 90% of colorectal cancers. Continue reading →
“My first thought was, ‘Really? Me, breast cancer?’ I just couldn’t believe it,” said actress and comedian Wanda Sykes on The Ellen Degeneres Show in 2011. Sykes’s family had a history of breast cancer on her mother’s side, but that wasn’t what prompted her doctors to discover her cancer. At the age of 47 she had cosmetic surgery to reduce her breast size, and the cancer was discovered afterward when pathologists examined the breast tissue that had been removed. She was fortunate that her cancer was caught at a very early stage when treatments are more effective. Continue reading →
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in the large veins of the legs or pelvic region. If the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, a pulmonary embolism (PE) may result.
An estimated 900,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism each year, so identifying a person’s risk factors is important in preventing DVT. If you’re at risk, in most cases you can modify and reduce that risk.
Who’s at risk?
Risk factors for DVT and PE include:
Active cancer and cancer treatments
Recent trauma, surgery or hospitalization
Family history or personal history of DVT or PE
Pregnancy and the period around delivery
Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies
Chronic medical conditions
Inherited and acquired blood clotting abnormalities