Exercise is an excellent way to tone up and lose weight. Plus, it builds muscle which supports your bones (which helps prevent osteoporosis) and improves your cardiovascular health. However, exercise can also be hard on the joints, often making them stiff or sore after a workout. If joint pain is severe enough, it can keep you from exercising, which negatively affects your health by keeping you from getting the benefits of physical activity. The best course of action is to keep your joints, muscles, ligaments and bones strong and stable. To help lessen and even prevent joint pain, we at Westchester Health recommend these 10 tips to follow before, during and after exercise.
Even though we’re well into spring, here at Westchester Health, we’re still seeing a lot of colds and viruses. To try and help keep everyone healthy and germ-free, we continually emphasize to our patients that their diet plays an important role in the strength of their immune system. Certain foods may actually decrease their chances of getting sick, while others can help them recover more quickly if they do get ill.
Regularly consuming the foods listed below can make a real difference in strengthening your immune system, helping you resist illnesses and shortening the time you are sick.
Even though the thought of having a parasite is pretty unpleasant, parasites are far more common than you might think. We actually see quite a few cases of them here at Westchester Health. Not restricted to underdeveloped countries, parasites exist around the world and can afflict anyone of any race, gender or socioeconomic status. They can cause a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which affect the digestive tract, but the good news is that yes, they are treatable.
If you’re like a lot of people over age 50, knees that have served you well for years gradually start hurting and swelling. They may start making cracking or popping sounds, and you may even feel a grinding sensation in your knees as you move. Most likely, you’ve developed arthritis of the knee, something we see quite often at Westchester Health.
Has your period started slowing down, or even stopped? Are you having hot flashes or night sweats? Are people telling you that you seem a lot more moody lately? Guess what – you may be going through menopause.
Whenever you mention breast cancer, people tend to get worried. This is not surprising since nearly everyone knows someone touched by this disease. Fortunately, though, there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting more effective with fewer side effects, and we know more than ever about risk factors. And as with many diseases, doing all you can to prevent breast cancer is so much better than treating it once it has started. That’s why we at Westchester Health offer these tips to lower your risk of developing this potentially fatal disease.
Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or lifestyle. It can cause serious health problems, including heart attack or stroke, blindness, problems during pregnancy and kidney failure. Diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers. However, diabetes affects women differently than men. More than 13 million women have diabetes, or about one in 10 women aged 20 and older. Women with diabetes have a higher risk for heart disease, a higher risk of blindness and a higher risk for depression.
As women, we have a lot of things on our minds and a lot of things asked of us, from raising kids to managing the house and bills to getting our own work done. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and sad sometimes (we can’t be happy all the time), and being sad is a normal reaction to difficult times in life. However, depression is different from sadness. It is a medical condition that can seriously affect how you feel, think, sleep, eat and work. Depression is more common among women than men, most likely due to biological, hormonal and social factors that are unique to women.
If you are a woman, you are at risk of developing osteoporosis simply by being female. A degenerative disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, osteoporosis affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine.
In the United States, more than 90,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Some of these cancers are called “silent killers” because women are often unaware of the signs and symptoms associated with them and do not catch them until it is too late. Hopefully this blog can help women understand what to look for and how to help prevent gynecologic cancers from developing.