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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a very common diagnosis in our community…and also in my family. My mother has diabetes, my maternal grandmother had diabetes, my father is teetering close to a diagnosis and my paternal grandmother has diabetes, with a foot ulcer (sore) that is very, very slow to heal. The buck stops with that generation…type 2 diabetes can be prevented! Why are healthcare providers so concern about diabetes?

  • Diabetes is the # 1 cause of blindness in adults 20-74yo
  • Diabetes is the #1 cause of chronic kidney disease, that may lead to Dialysis
  • Diabetes is the #1 cause of foot amputation
  • Neuropathy (numbness in fingers & toes) and much more…
Common locations of Diabetic foot ulcers

Common locations of Diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people! And, another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes: Pre-diabetes3Diabetes statistics is 1 in 3. Are you pre-diabetic?

  • If you are overweight,
  • If you have high blood pressure, or
  • If you are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Watch your weight
  • Eat healthy
  • Get more physical activity

Read more HERE – Soo, I’m Diabetic, what’s the big deal about my feet?

Read more HERE – sugar, the bitter side of sweet

10 Ways to Prevent Diabetes

Pre-Diabetes stats

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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!  

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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! 

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It is summer and it is hot! There is nothing I dislike more than standing still, doing nothing and sweating profusely…simply because it is hot.  If I am exercising, then it is justified. But doing nothing – that’s annoying (smile).  Notwithstanding my dislike, I still subject myself to “hot yoga” on a regular basis for its benefits… no, its not crazy…not really…(performing “Bikram” yoga in a “hot sauna” room for 90 minutes, we are usually drenched within the first 5-10 min, just lovely…)

Water

Well, we all have heard that in the summer time we should drink water…and lots of it! Oh…do not forget to replace the electrolytes too. However, no one really publicize, that drinking water, like anything else, should be done in moderation. If not, you could literally die from drinking too much water…yes, die from drinking too much water! The medical term is “hyponatremia” … also known as “water intoxication” … it can be very dangerous. Please be careful this summer and especially educate and keep an eye our children! MODERATION is the word for the year.

Please view 2 videos below for more information …

 

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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!

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I went to dinner with my cousin last night. It was quite a special occasion as I have not seen her since I left Jamaica. I met her beautiful daughter and we had a great time catching up.  Her daughter ordered a tall glass of lemonade and had 1 or 2 refills – clearly thirsty.  We had crab dip for appetizer and when I got home I was so thirsty, I had about 3 glasses of water…salty dish! This led to a few questions for you –

  1. Does a “sugared beverage” substitute for the amount of water you should have daily?
  2. How much salt is in a can of soda? How much salt do you need per day?
  3. How much water should you be drinking daily?

Water cartoonMany think that any liquid is the same as drinking water. Not exactly true! Herbal teas and some mildly flavored beverage may be ok. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, so drinking a high salt or sugar content beverage can be like putting salt on a slug … it deprives your body of water, leaving you dehydrated! This would lead to thirst and your drinking more salt/sugared beverage…it’s a bad cycle! Of course, with warmer weather around the corner you must be vigilant about drinking enough water. When you feel “thirsty” you are already behind in hydration! Dehydration can lead to symptoms of:

  • headaches
  • fatigue (~5-8% dehydration)
  • lethargy
  • inability to focus
  • dizziness (10% or more dehydration)

Water chartA simple equation, for recommending daily water intake, is that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, for normal daily activity (sitting at desk, walking to car etc.,).  Example: If you weigh 200 pounds, then you should drink 100 ounces of water daily. Try it! When you exercise, be sure to replace the electrolytes you lose – personally, I like natural coconut water – and increase your water intake to replace that lost in sweating as well.

This is something you can do … for YOU! No Doctors needed…no prescription needed.

Start re-hydrating your temple, your body today! You will look better and feel better…and thank yourself  later for it too!

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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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