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Do you worry about arthritis? Though this condition is common among seniors, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center stresses that anyone can lower their risk of severe arthritis. Lifestyle habits can play a critical role in the onset of arthritis, which is why it is never too soon to start practicing the right behaviors for good joint health and care.
Though the joints of the body can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure, excessive weight can contribute to their premature deterioration. The joints of the lower back, hips, and knees in particular can begin to break down when forced to carry too much weight. For this reason, one of the best ways to prevent arthritis or alleviate its symptoms is to start a weight loss program, especially if overweight or obesity issues are a concern. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout adulthood can likewise lower your chances of developing arthritis later in life.
Regular exercise can make it easy for you to maintain a healthy weight. However, working out can provide far more benefits than just burning calories. Safe and consistent movement of the joints can also keep them in their best shape. Even for individuals who may already be experiencing painful or stiff joints, working out is proven to strengthen the muscles around the joints and help alleviate pressure on them. When done under the supervision of your doctor, physical activity can help you prevent arthritis discomfort and joint dysfunction.
Keeping your calorie consumption in a healthy range can likewise help you avoid weight problems that may later bring on joint issues. Maintaining a healthy weight through a nutritious diet is only one reason to eat wholesome foods. When you create meals rich in vitamins and minerals, you also provide your body with more resources for proper function. Every cell in your body, including those that make up your joints, requires vitamins and minerals so that they can remain healthy and strong.
Are you suffering from join pain? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center houses an orthopedic department that can help you enjoy a pain-free future. For more information on our community hospital’s services in the Miami area, call (305) 921-0492.
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A prostatectomy to remove a cancerous prostate gland is sometimes necessary for treatment and recovery. Yet as integral as prostatectomy can be to a man’s health, it is also a complex surgical procedure. The proximity of the prostate gland to other structures can make it difficult to remove without complications such as urinary dysfunction or blood loss. However, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy can effectively remove the cancerous gland without many of these postoperative side effects. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy relies on the use of a small camera and robotic tools so that surgeons can make smaller incisions at the surgical site. Guided by audio cues, the robotic tools can perform the surgery with less potential trauma to nearby tissues. This innovative surgical option often results in fewer unwanted side effects and faster healing periods for patients.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is proud to have Arnon Krongrad, MD, as part of our cancer care team. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, now is the time to talk with Dr. Krongrad about your treatment options. Call us today at (305) 921-0492 to learn more about our laparoscopic radical prostatectomy services for Miami-area patients.
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Healthy lifestyle habits can make an impact on your child before he reaches adulthood. This video discusses why a nutritious diet and regular exercise matter now.
Heart disease is a widespread problem, and cardiac care experts are finding that it can affect anyone of any age. Children who eat high-fat and high-sodium diets in particular can be at risk for early heart disease. A lack of consistent physical activity can also make kids prone to obesity and high blood pressure, early indicators of cardiac trouble. When your child doesn’t eat wholesome foods or work out regularly, his heart can age quickly. So to avoid early heart disease, make healthy living a habit in your home.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers the Health to You program for Miami-area families. Call us today at (305) 921-0492 for more information.
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Individuals with diabetes must be diligent about every aspect of their health. While an ordinary cut or scrape may be of little concern to an otherwise healthy person, it may lead to infection and other complications for diabetics. The following information highlights why wounds can be of serious concern to those with diabetes. To learn more, contact Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Reduced Blood Supply
Wounds require oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to promote the healing process. However, individuals with diabetes may experience slower wound recovery due to lessened blood supply. Unhealthy blood glucose levels can damage blood vessels, making it more difficult for blood to reach the wound site. As a result, wounds can persist far longer than they normally would.
Diminished Immune Response
A robust immune system can detect and address foreign invaders such as bacteria that may enter the body through a cut or scrape. In many cases, the immune response can prevent the development of infection at the wound site. Yet for individuals with diabetes, infections can be a common outcome of superficial wounds. Diabetics often have weakened immune systems that cannot as effectively fight off bacteria and contribute to wound recovery.
Weakened Pain Sensors
Pain typically alerts the body to a problem. This is why a cut to a finger or scrape to the foot produces pain signals. Upon noticing pain, a healthy individual can clean the wound and apply treatment to stop bleeding and prevent infection. Diabetes sufferers may not experience pain that would otherwise inform them of a wound. Poorly managed blood glucose levels can damage nerve endings, making it hard for the nervous system to alert the body to pain and the presence of wounds. In some instances, individuals with diabetes may be unaware of a cut or scrape, and without proper treatment, the wound may persist or worsen with time.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers a Diabetes Program for the residents of Miami, Hollywood, and Aventura. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, our specialists can help you learn the proper management techniques to keep your condition under control. Call (305) 921-0492 or visit our website for more information on our diabetes services and healthcare options.
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Sadness is a common response to challenging life events, including death and divorce. However, some people can experience emotional lows in the absence of these life changes or long after they would normally recover from such events. In fact, depression is a clinical condition that demands professional behavioral health assistance. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment services for Miami-area residents suffering from these common warning signs of depression:
Individuals with depression typically contend with difficult emotions that influence their thoughts and behaviors. Chronic sadness may arise with depression. Anger, impatience, and shame can develop as well. Some people may also experience a lack of emotion that causes them to stop engaging in relationships and activities that they formerly enjoyed.
Depression can impact all facets of life. The emotional challenges of this condition can interfere with everyday activities. In particular, people with depression tend to experience sleeping difficulties. Some may find it hard to get out of bed, and as a result, they sleep far more than the customary seven or eight hours each night. Other individuals may have trouble getting to sleep at all, or they may wake up several times in the middle of the night. Depression can also influence eating habits. This condition can cause some people to consume far more than they need for their health while others suffer from suppressed appetites that make it difficult to eat enough calories each day.
For some people, depressive thoughts can eventually turn into dangerous actions. This condition can make some individuals consider taking their own lives. In some instances, they may act out on these tendencies. Individuals who suspect that a loved one suffers from depression should seek professional help as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of self-harm that leads to suicide.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you overcome depression. For more information on this condition and its symptoms, call (305) 921-0492. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives are available around the clock to assist Aventura, Hollywood, and Miami residents.