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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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JANUARY is Thyroid Awareness Month!

What is it? 

thyroidThe Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck and just below the laryngeal prominence (Adams Apple) – (see image).  The main function of the Thyroid is to produce hormones that maintain your body’s metabolism. It essentially breaks down nutrients to release energy. Your body is in need of energy constantly – even when at rest!

What if the Thyroid makes too much hormones? You may experience:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Excess sweating
  • Unexpected weight loss

What if the Thyroid does not make enough Hormones? You may experience:

  • Gloomy
  • Colder
  • Tired
  • Unexpected weight gain

What are some of the common Thyroid disorders?

  • Thyroid goiter

    Thyroid Goiter

    Hyperthyroidism (abnormally high activity)

  • Hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity)
  • Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid)
  • Thyroid nodules (may be benign or Thyroid cancer)
  • Goiter (any of the above may lead to an enlarged thyroid gland)

Additionally, in females, thyroid hormone levels must be checked beginning at age 35 (or sooner if symptoms are present) as thyroid can affect the menstrual cycle, and must also be normalized during pregnancy.

Follow instructions in video below for self-examination. For more information, please see below!

thyroid exam

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-7878
(904) 404-4207 Fax
ajohnson@aace.com
www.thyroidawareness.com

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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Every new year, brings new resolutions and 2015 is no different! Many listed “weight loss” and improving nutritional diet overall, as one of their top 3 priorities…including yours truly. There are many good reasons to try and attain these goals (of lower BMI/weight loss and healthier eating habits), but sometimes published data helps!

Read previous blog on the Obesity Epidemic in America and review definition for obesity/increase BMI by clicking HERE

“Body-mass index (BMI) and risk of 22 specific cancers: A population-based cohort study of 5.24 million UK adults”  – big title and a huge claim! (no pun intended). This was published in The Lancet medical journal AUG 2014. They noted that:

  • obesity antiPeople who were obese had a higher risk of Leukemia as well as cervical, colon, gall bladder, kidney, liver, ovarian, uterine and postmenopausal breast cancers than leaner people
  • People who were obese had a higher risk of esophageal cancer (after they took smoking into account)
  • People who were obese had a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and total prostate cancer (though there is controversy, because other studies have shown that advanced stage prostate cancers are linked to excess weight. This study did not review advance stage prostate cancer. Additionally, you may not be at risk for these 2, but increased risk for the other types of cancers remain elevated)
  • Underweight people had a higher risk of lung, mouth and throat cancer than leaner people, but the link was due to smoking, since it was absent in those who had never smoke.

obesity-epidemicTheir conclusion/Interpretation states: “BMI is associated with cancer risk, with substantial population-level effects. The heterogeneity (mixture of results) in the effects suggests that different mechanisms are associated with different cancer sites and different patient subgroups.”   The Lancet Vol 384, No.9945 Aug 2014

Bottom line: Everyone is different, but if you lose or avoid gaining excess weight (exercise, increase vegetable & fruit intake, etc.,), quit smoking, your weight control/improvement may be helpful overall, as it pertains to decreasing your cancer risk. Hhhmmm. Sounds familiar?

Watch video below for insight into the state of Obesity in America!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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Advance DirectiveA difficult conversation is anything you find hard to talk about. It is challenging, because it is surrounded by a cloud of possible conflict, fear, anxiety, anger, depression, or frustration (among other emotions).

But, when having a difficult conversation with yourself, there is no blaming, no misunderstanding, just you and your thoughts. Tough.

Advance directive end-of-lifeFor 2015, I resolve to have a better handle on my finances. Though finance can be a difficult conversation in and of itself, I was caught off guard, when asked if I had a “Living Will and Advance Health Directive”…what? I have asked patients that question on many occasions, but never thought to ask myself. If the patient answered “no” then our wonderful nurse would take care of it and it becomes part of the “cloud”…  doctors are usually not involved.

I am young, healthy, why do I need a Living Will? Hhhmmm. The world is indeed unpredictable and having this information known and written will only serve to help love ones.  Things can happen…suddenly!

Do YOU have an Advance Directive?  

Advance direct dyingA Will Preparation Questionnaire was sent to me. Some of the questions were simple and straight forward, but others were downright brazen and difficult. I am still chewing on:

  • Do you want to be buried or cremated? (depends if natural death or otherwise – hhhmmm)
  • Which of your organs would you like to donate? Hhmmm. (Most organs seem ok…but I flinch whenever I think about my eyes)
  • Do you consent to an autopsy? Or do you leave that decision to your appointed love one/agent? (if foul play suspected, ok with autopsy…otherwise, unsure if necessary), etc.,

Thinking about death may be depressing…but we all know, that death is inevitable. When do you need an Advance Directive? If you are over 18 years old, the experts say you should think about it.

See videos below…think about it?

Life is BEAUTIFUL!

Advance Health Directives

 

Last Will and Testament

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Glaucoma is a silent disease. In its early stage, there are virtually no signs or symptoms to alert you of the damage being done to your eyes. By the time symptoms appear…it may be too late. When the damage is done – it is permanent and it cannot be reversed! Please take a moment to watch the videos below and consider if you, or a love one, may be at risk for glaucoma!

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. That is not a number to close your eyes at considering over 6 MILLION people report visual disability in 2012 (the 2014 report).Eye

  • The statutory definition of “legally blind” is that central visual acuity must be 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20 degrees or less.
  • The number of males or females, ages 4 and under through 20, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States who reported a visual disability in 2012.
    •  Total: 659,700 – Girls: 319,100 and Boys: 340,600
  • The number of  male or female, ages 16 through 75+, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported to have a visual disability in 2012.
    • Total (all ages): 6,670,300

When were you last screened? This is not a simple “visual/vision” test. Talk to your doctor and get screened by an Optometrist/Opthalmologist if:

  • You are of African decent/African American
  • Anyone in your family was diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • You are over 60 years of age

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You can find more information at:

  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month – Prevent Blindness
  • 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606
  • (800) 331-2020, (312) 363-6001, (312) 363-6052 Fax

http://www.preventblindness.org <http://www.preventblindness.org/>

Materials available – Contact: PBA Vision Health Resource Center info@preventblindness.org

Open Angle vs Closed Angle Glaucoma…and more!

Surgery Treatment for Glaucoma

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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