More than 3 million people in the U.S. are living with anemia, a common blood disorder that develops when a person’s red blood cell count is low or when red blood cells do not have enough hemoglobin. This is something we see here at Westchester Health but if diagnosed properly and treated promptly, anemia in most cases can be successfully reversed.
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.
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.
Although women account for more than half the U.S. population, some women—and even some doctors—think that primary care for women consists of nothing more than an annual Pap smear and a mammogram. I soundly disagree!
Doctors of internal medicine are uniquely positioned to address the primary care needs of women
Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum, from a healthy state to complex illness. When it comes to female patients, most women’s health issues are not obstetric, even among women of childbearing age.
Did you know that cardiac arrest, not breast cancer, is the #1 killer in women? In fact, according to The Heart Foundation, heart disease is more deadly for women than all forms of cancer combined. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. And yet, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.
Since the symptoms of heart disease can be quite different in women and men, and are often misunderstood, I offer this blog to help both sexes understand what to look for, what it might mean, and when to seek medical help.