Morning Show Health Tips
Each Thursday at 8:40am, Jerry & Blanca speak with a local health professional to offer helpful tips for your health and well-being, brought to you by our friends at Adventist HealthCare. You can find recent topics, listen back or to share. November 5: Diabetes with Rose Melendez November is American Diabetes Month. More than 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes. even more worrisome is 1 in 4 don't even know they have it. Diabetes is characterized by high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the bloodstream. the most common form is tied to obesity, and the number of diabetics has ballooned with the rise in obesity. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death. Prevention efforts nationwide are crucial to combat serious health risks. Nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and other lifestyle factors play a crucial role in diabetes prevention and management. The good news is that if you're diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, you don't have to handle it alone. Adventist HealthCare's Diabetes Education Program provides comprehensive education and training by Certified Diabetes Educators to help people learn and manage all aspects of diabetes care and prevent complications. Visit www.AdventistHealthCare.com/diabetes. Join Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital on Friday, November 13 from 10am-2pm for their annual Free Diabetes Expo featuring health lectures, cooking and exercise demos, health screenings including blood pressure, body composition, glaucoma screenings, and more!October 29: Asthma with Rose Melendez Those with asthma are particularly vulnerable during the summer to fall transition because of the fall allergy season and the fluctuations in temperature. For help with avoiding asthma flare-ups, make sure you are taking your regular medication as directed and your rescue inhaler is ready for emergencies. You should also have an asthma management plan ready. Be prepared this fall season by carrying a light jacket, frequently washing your hands, and always covering your cough. The best way for all of us to be prepared is to also get a flu shot. To find an Adventist HealthCare flu shot clinic near you, please visit www.HelpStoptheFlu.com. October 22: Flu Prevention with Rose Melendez The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. According to the CDC, the flu virus causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations per year. Fortunately, there are ways you can protect yourself! The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year. Adventist HealthCare will offer flu shots for adults and children in a wide range of locations throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and surrounding communities this season. To find a flu shot clinic near you, please visit www.HelpStoptheFlu.com.
October 15: Mental Health with Rose Melendez Mental health conditions can interfere with a person's thought processes, emotions, temperament and behavior, and tend to reduce a person's ability to cope with typical life responsibilities. Mental health issues may develop as a reaction to a traumatic event, life event transitions, physical health conditions, and prominent levels of stress. Knowing the signs of mental illness is important to getting people the help they need. Signs may include:
- Difficulty coping with problems and/or daily activities
- Loss of interest in activities that he or she once enjoyed
- Extreme worry, hopelessness, or lethargy
- Recent changes in behavior and/or attitude
In order to maintain good health and build resilience, each of us needs to take time to focus on our own mental well-being. This might include connecting with others, doing physcial activity, eating healthy, or trying a new hobby. Don't hesitate to share concerns with a health professional or mental health specialist. Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services provides a wide-ranging spectrum of behavioral health services and treatment options for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Visit AdventistBehavioralHealth.com for more information.