Most of us have a general idea of the habits necessary to stay in good health. We know that smoking is bad – while fruits and vegetables are good. But some good practices may not be as obvious . . .
We hope that you will find the following resources to be beneficial and relevant to some of the challenges you currently face. After all, our mission at Conroe Family Medicine is to help you and your family lead a better, healthier life.
Vaccinations – From birth to foreign travel. Who needs what? When? And why?
If you’re a parent, you already know that a big part of early childhood is getting your little one protected against some really dangerous diseases. But how do you know that everyone in your family is protected, even in late adulthood? What if you’re travelling abroad – what vaccinations are recommended? Regardless of your situation, staying up to date on vaccinations simply makes sense – it’s your very best tool of prevention. The Centers for Disease Control or CDC, has put together some very helpful guidelines that answers the most important who, when and why questions relating to vaccines.
Does your child get enough sleep? If not, it could be affecting their weight.
Studies suggest that there may be a link between sleep deprivation and being overweight, as sleepy children may experience an increase in hunger hormones – causing them to eat more. Additionally, tired kids may burn less calories, as they will avoid exercise simply due to fatigue. But how much sleep do kids need? While this may somewhat vary depending on the child, the National Sleep Foundation has established some general guidelines.
Want a healthy heart? It starts with what you eat . . .
When it comes to heart health, all healthy foods are definitely not created equally. In fact, some food choices, like those high in Omega 3 fatty acids, can actually work to improve the health of your heart over a period of time. Want to know more? WebMD has put together a wonderful slideshow called 23 Foods That Can Save Your Heart.
When it comes to diabetes, PREVENTION is a big deal.
Diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, is a common health problem in America. In fact, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes - and 1 in 4 don’t even know! But you don’t have to sit back and wait for diabetes to happen to you. Not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough exercise all go a really long way in prevention. The American Diabetes Association also offers some really great resources on calculating your risk for diabetes and taking the most important precautionary steps to avoid this deadly disease.