Last updated 3 days ago
Regular exercise is an essential part of staying healthy. However, millions of people do not exercise regularly, citing a busy schedule as their main excuse.
In this video, fitness experts prove that there is always time for exercise. After dropping off her daughter at school, Tina insists that she doesn’t have time to exercise before she gets to work. With the help of two fitness experts, Tina finds that getting her heart rate up for 30 minutes is definitely manageable. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate activity every week.
Westside Regional Medical Center can help residents of Plantation, FL stay happy and healthy. If you have any questions about how you can stay healthy, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 302-7112.
Last updated 4 days ago
Turning 30 isn’t so bad; still, it comes with some degree of responsibility. Though you’re young enough to engage in all your favorite activities, it’s time to start thinking seriously about your health. For example, you might want to reconsider your diet. Westside Regional Medical Center recommends that individuals in their 30s consider the following foods in order to stay healthy into their 40s and beyond.
Beans are very important for people in their 30s—especially women who are interested in having children. Beans have plenty of folate, which can help form healthy new cells and prevent birth defects.
Though red meat is a great source of iron, it tends to have a lot of fat. To enjoy all the nutrients of meat without a high volume of fat, consider fish, poultry, and other lean sources of protein.
By now, you know that fruit is an important part of your diet. However, the more processed a fruit product is, the fewer nutrients it has. Instead of eating dried apples, for example, reach for a fresh apple whenever you can.
The same is true of vegetables—the fresher the better. Instead of snacking on a bag of potato chips, consider making yourself a midday snack of carrots, celery, and other vegetables. There are countless ways you can prepare vegetables to make them more enjoyable.
Quinoa, whole wheat bread, oats, and other whole grains can help keep your blood pressure down and prevent your metabolism from slowing as you age. Whole grains are also great sources of fiber, which can help encourage weight loss.
While it’s important to look after your health during every phase of your life, it’s especially important as you grow older. For cancer screenings, emergency care, or general health advice, trust the medical professionals at Westside Regional Medical Center. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 302-7112 if you have any questions or visit our Plantation, FL ER for immediate care.
Last updated 10 days ago
Osteoporosis is a common condition among older adults in which the bone density declines over time. This is problematic, because it may lead to frequent bone fractures and related disorders that cause pain in the bones and joints. Unfortunately, osteoporosis does not show symptoms until a fracture occurs, so you may need to have a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan to test the density of your bones. The damage from osteoporosis cannot be reversed, but you can slow the loss of bone density when this condition is diagnosed early. If you think you may be at risk for osteoporosis, here is what you can expect from your DEXA scan.
Preparing for the exam
The DEXA scan is a relatively simple procedure that does not require any preparation ahead of time. Your doctor may schedule this exam if you have a family history of osteoporosis, are going through menopause, or have recently experienced a fracture caused by normal daily activities. If you are pregnant, you should notify your physician before scheduling a DEXA scan.
Taking the test
During the test, you will lie on a cushioned table as a scanner passes over your spine and hips. There are also DEXA scans that only examine the arms or legs, but these are not as useful at indicating the risk for bone fractures. You will need to remain still during the scan, which is completely painless.
Understanding your results
There are two scores that your physician will discuss with you after your exam. The T-score compares your bone density to that of a healthy, young individual while the Z-score compares bone density to others in your age group. If your T-score is below -2.5, you have osteoporosis. Scores between -1 and -2.5 indicate that you have lost some bone density and may require lifestyle changes to preserve your bone health.
If you need a DEXA scan, you can rely on the imaging specialists at Westside Regional Medical Center. Call us at (954) 302-7112 or visit our website to explore our wide range of preventive care and imaging services in Plantation.
Last updated 12 days ago
You may not think of vaccines when it comes to cancer prevention, but the HPV vaccine actually can help close the door to cancer in women. Certain types of HPV are linked to cervical cancer, which is a leading cause of death among American women. As you will learn in this video, vaccination at an early age can prevent these types of HPV and create a future with less cancer. HPV related cancers can also occur in men, so vaccination is important for everyone. The CDC recommends vaccination at the ages of 11-12.
To learn more about cancer prevention and women’s health, visit Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL. Call us at (954) 302-7112 or visit our website to learn more about our services.
Last updated 17 days ago
Every day, your joints take stress from carrying the weight of your body and allowing you to move freely. Over time, this stress may cause inflammation and pain related to a common condition called osteoarthritis (OA). This degenerative condition causes the cartilage in the joints to harden and wear away, which leaves the bones exposed at their ends. When joints damaged by OA are used, the bone rubs together and causes serious inflammation. These joints are also less stable than healthy joints, because they typically sustain damage in the connective tissues. Here is an overview of the risk factors for OA to help you keep your joints healthy.
Your risk for OA will be greater as you age, because there is everyday wear and tear that occurs in the joints. Still, not everyone gets OA when they get older, as there are other risk factors that can have a greater impact.
Women are more likely to get OA than men, but the reason is not completely clear. One reason may be that women have broader hips, and therefore have more long-term stress on their hip and knee joints.
If you do not get much exercise, you may be carrying extra body weight that could be putting added stress on your joints. Each pound of excess weight actually adds four pounds of pressure to weight bearing joints in the lower body, so you should be getting moderate exercise to manage your weight. Alternatively, you may develop OA in joints that have sustained damage from repeated movements and overuse. This type of OA is common in athletes and individuals who stick to a more rigorous workout routine. Low-impact exercises such as swimming and walking are ideal for your joints.
Westside Regional Medical Center can help you manage your joint health with a broad range of orthopedic services—including minimally invasive surgeries and rehabilitation. To find an orthopedic physician at our Plantation hospital, visit our website or call us at (954) 302-7112.