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Today is the day you learn if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes


March 22, 2016

 

The American Diabetes Association is sending out a wake-up call today and there is a very good reason for it.

 

According to the American Diabetes Association, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 23 seconds. Nationally, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

 

The statistics in the Inland Empire are just as sobering. More than half of Inland adults have diabetes or are on the path to the disease, according to the study released Thursday, March 10, by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

 

So, what to do? You can start by understanding your risk. And that is as easy a click on the keyboard.

 

Simply visit diabetes.org and take a quick survey as part of American Diabetes Alert Day. The Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test takes less than a minute to complete and will give you an idea of whether by lifestyle or genetics you are at risk for diabetes.

 

While you’re there, be sure to read up on the disease, its symptoms and how you can prevent it with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

 

If the test results concern you, make an appointment to address the issue under the proper care and guidance of your health care provider.

 

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.

 


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

 

March 15, 2016

It’s a cancer that makes most of us squirm just thinking about it. But because colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cancer killer for men and women in the U.S., it’s vital that we talk about how to recognize and screen for it.

Read: Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of cases occur in men and women who are 50 years old or older. Significant risk factors can include inflammatory bowel disease and close family members with colorectal cancer. But, low fruit and veggie intake, poor physical activity or a high-fat and low-fiber diet, as well as smoking and alcohol overuse, can put anyone at risk.

The good news is colorectal screening serves as an important diagnostic tool and is done even when you’re not experiencing symptoms. Because colorectal cancer usually begins with polyps in the colon or rectum, regular screening is recommended as an important way to find those polyps and remove them before they can turn into cancer.

Regular screenings are recommended beginning at age 50 for both men and women. Most insurance policies will cover the exam without a deductible or co-pay.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


CDC: The flu shot is doing its job

March 3, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the flu vaccine is performing with 59 percent effectiveness this season.  This is good news and means that those who received a flu shot reduced their risk of catching the flu by nearly 60 percent.

Those are some good odds, especially when the health and safety of your family tops the list of priorities. It is also a great reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated against flu and other diseases.

Each year, Riverside University Health System -- Public Health distributes thousands of doses of the flu vaccine to health providers who, in turn, vaccinate residents at no cost.

Of course, you can also protect yourself by washing your hands often, eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, drinking lots of water and steering clear of others who are ill.

And if you become sick with the flu, stay home, rest and drink lots of fluids. The CDC recommends that you “stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.”

Finally, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Learn more about immunizations and when and where you can get them here: http://www.rivcoimm.org/.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.