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    Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter

    Last updated 15 days ago

    The skin is the body’s largest organ, making the care of it imperative for optimal health. In the summer, many people observe the common recommendations to put on sunscreen and cover up with clothing. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges local Miami residents to remember that their skin is vulnerable to damage during the winter as well.

    Wear SPF Protection

    Especially in the North Miami Beach region, wearing sunscreen is year-round advice. Even during the winter months, UVA and UVB rays can cause serious sunburns and permanent skin damage. The best way to prevent harm to the skin and lessen the risk of skin cancer is to apply sunscreen before going outside each day. Though overcast weather may make sunscreen seem unnecessary, UVA and UVB rays can still be a concern, which is why individuals of all ages should wear sun protection on a daily basis.

    Apply Moisturizing Lotion

    Wintertime can lead to drier air conditions both indoors and outdoors. A lack of humidity in the atmosphere can make the skin dry, tight, and prone to itchiness and rashes. To protect the skin from these uncomfortable symptoms, skincare experts typically advise the use of a daily moisturizer. Lotion can restore a balance of moisture to the skin and keep it properly hydrated throughout the winter months.

    Use Gentle Cleansers

    Hospitals typically see an increase of colds, the flu, and other contagious conditions during the winter. The best way to combat these problems is with the consistent washing of hands. Though a highly effective way to remove harmful germs from the skin, hand washing can also rob the skin of essential oils and other moisturizing agents. The use of a gentle soap or cleansing gel can successfully kill dangerous bacteria on the skin without removing moisture from it.

    November is National Healthy Skin Month. If you would like more tips on how to stay healthy all winter long, talk to the healthcare experts at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. To speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives, call (305) 921-0492.

    Expansions at AHMC

    Last updated 21 days ago

    The greater Miami community is increasingly turning to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for its medical needs. This video reports on how the hospital is accommodating growing demands on its services.

    A full emergency room has long been a feature at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, and to provide patients with the exceptional level of care they deserve, hospital staff minimizes any time spent waiting for treatment. Given that Aventura Hospital and Medical Center caters largely to an older population, it is also making improvements to enhance care for those needing orthopedic or spinal attention. An expansion of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute will better allow this department to treat patients and facilitate their recoveries.

    Are you in need of orthopedic or spinal care? If so, call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center today at (305) 921-0492 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse healthcare expert about our treatment services. 

    Raising Awareness during American Diabetes Month

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Did you know that this November is American Diabetes Month? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges those living in the greater Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, and Miami communities to take part in this event. Diabetes is a major concern for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Approximately 30 million Americans have this disease and millions more are at risk. With a commitment to living a healthy and active life, many people can avoid this condition or successfully manage it.

    Experiment with Healthy Recipes

    A nutritious diet is the foundation of good health for those with and without diabetes. The intake of food directly impacts blood glucose levels in the bloodstream and insulin production in the pancreas. Parents can raise awareness of diabetes and its dangers by talking to their children about the merits of healthy eating and exploring wholesome recipes as a family. Families can also encourage their friends, coworkers, and neighbors to do the same.

    Find New Ways to Get Active

    Healthy eating habits are a significant component of total wellness, but physical fitness is equally important to complete wellbeing. Exercise influences metabolic health in a number of ways. It helps to regulate the amount of blood glucose in the bloodstream. It also lessens the dangers of obesity, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Like nutrition, exercise is a lifestyle habit that parents must teach their children. By being physically active, families can also become examples to others of how best to prevent the onset of diabetes.

    Consult a Diabetes Expert

    Though diet and exercise are fundamental to wellness, professional guidance and expertise can also help those living with diabetes to stay healthy and help others do the same. Especially if a loved one is experiencing difficulties managing his or her blood glucose levels, talking to a diabetes specialist can prove essential to better wellbeing. Diabetes experts can also direct families to local classes and online resources that will help them prevent the onset of diabetes or better manage its potential side effects.

    Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers a Diabetes Program for individuals contending with this disease. If you or someone you know has diabetes or is at high risk, call (305) 921-0492. We can put you in touch with the appropriate services and resources for your needs.

    The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Surgery is a highly effective way to treat serious health conditions. It can remove cancerous tumors, address severely damaged organs, and correct a host of other medical problems. However, traditional surgical techniques can also result in substantial recovery time for patients. Incision size in particular can demand lengthy healing periods, and in some circumstances, may present the risk of blood loss and infection. This is why many hospitals prefer minimally invasive surgery when the opportunity presents. As its name indicates, minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions and reduced trauma to regions surrounding the surgical site. In many cases, recipients of minimally invasive surgery may go home the same day of their procedures and return to their normal schedules days or even weeks sooner than usual.

    Are you scheduled for a surgical procedure? If so, now is the time to find out if there is a minimally invasive alternative to your treatment. Call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 921-0492 to discuss your surgical care options with one of our Miami-area Consult-A-Nurse representatives. 

    What Can You Eat with Diabetes?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Diabetes is a metabolic disease, so diabetics must pay attention to what they eat. Because diabetic individuals suffer from too little or no insulin, the hormone that helps to move blood glucose into the cells, they can experience a variety of medical complications if they have excessively high blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, choosing the right foods is important for your health. For more information, contact the Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.


    Carbohydrates are a critical component of enjoying good health even when you have diabetes. However, simple carbohydrates can quickly disrupt blood glucose levels, allowing them to spike and create health problems. Foods such as cereals, cookies, and white bread typically contain these types of carbohydrates. To get the nutrition you need from grain products without suffering from blood glucose spikes, choose whole grain options such as whole wheat bread and brown rice.


    It is important to keep in mind that some vegetables contain starch, which can elevate glucose levels. Potatoes and corn in particular can have this effect and should be eaten in moderation. Fresh fruits can provide a wealth of vitamins and minerals for good health and make a great alternative to sweets that may be high in artificial sugar and fat. Because fruits can contain carbohydrates, though, diabetics should still monitor their blood glucose levels after eating them.


    Protein is another substance that all individuals need for good health. Many protein products come from animal sources. Diabetic individuals can eat these types of food without worry of blood glucose spikes, as meat proteins do not contain carbohydrates, though they may have fat and cholesterol that can also impact overall health. Non-animal proteins can also be beneficial for complete wellness, but unlike their meat counterparts, they do have carbohydrates that can change blood glucose levels.

    The Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you make healthy dietary choices. To find out more about this service, call our Miami-area hospital at (305) 921-0492. You can also visit our website for additional details on our healthcare options.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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