Stress and Illness

by Tamara Hanson on January 3, 2018

Can stress lead to illness?

When we look at stress and anxiety, especially over the long term, we can see that stressful feelings can lead to issues like sleep deprivation, poor diet, drug or alcohol use, and family or work life problems.

Cortisol is a hormone that is released during times of flight or fight. During this time, glucose is released into the body providing energy to the muscles. However, if you are in a consistent state of elevated and chronic cortisol levels, then your body isn’t relaxing or taking a break from this increase in these levels. Consistently higher cortisol levels can lead to cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal problems, and possibly diabetes.

The best way to handle stress is to incorporate good habits into your daily life, which include:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Allowing support from others
  • Nutritious diet of nourishing foods
  • Calming activities

As always, talk to your doctor about any issues that you may have.



Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency

by Tamara Hanson on November 13, 2017

Vitamin D, or the ‘sun vitamin’, is an essential nutrient to help with immune function, cardiovascular health, cell growth, and to reduce inflammation. The sun is one of the most familiar and easy ways of getting Vitamin D. But, depending on certain factors in your life, there is a good chance that you are deficient in this vital vitamin. These factors include:

  • You have darker skin
  • You are over the age of 50 years old
  • You live in a place where there is increased darkness

Signs of Vitamin D deficiency may include:

  • Decreased immunity
  • Fatigue
  • Problems with digestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Psoriasis
  • Bone pain
  • Weight gain

If any of these signs and symptoms are present, you may want to have them checked out by your physician.

Premenopause and Perimenopause: What’s the difference?

October 9, 2017

While sometimes used interchangeably with perimenopause, premenopause can actually indicate the time between a woman’s first period and her last period. Technically, a woman is in premenopause most of her life before menopause starts. Symptoms of premenopause are essentially that of premenstrual syndrome and can include (but not limited to): -Tender breasts -Cramps -Nausea -Mood […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

July 24, 2017

Affecting women of reproductive age, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,or PCOS, is an endocrine system disorder that can affect women not only physically but emotionally. Symptoms: The symptoms of PCOS range from irregular periods to polycystic ovaries or enlarged ovaries, to increased androgen (male hormones) that can result in increased facial hair or acne. Causes: The causes […]

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The Importance of a Nurse Practitioner

July 10, 2017

We understand that some women, especially during the teen years, may not be comfortable with discussing certain things with a male doctor. Because we want our patients to feel comfortable when they come to see us, it’s important for us to provide an environment so our patients can feel safe and secure to discuss any issue. […]

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Postmenopausal Women and Osteoporosis

May 25, 2017

As women age and enter the 50 plus years, they need to become increasingly aware of their bone health and what they need to do to maintain and protect their bones. Osteoporosis becomes more prevalent as we age because bone-removing cells take bone away faster than bone is replaced. Below are some suggestions to help […]

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Are Allergies on the Rise?

April 30, 2017

Our body has the amazing ability to fight off any unwanted invaders that try to create havoc in our health and our lives, including the ability to fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi. We really do have an amazing system. However, sometimes our body gets a hold of something and reacts to it in a […]

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Memory and Menopause

April 17, 2017

Can menopause affect memory? According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, memory can change when women reach menopausal age. The study indicates that when levels of estradiol (a natural estrogen that is a primary sex hormone that declines during menopause) are low, there are significant changes in the hippocampus. The study indicates […]

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Digital Tomosynthesis and Breast Cancer Detection

March 27, 2017

With so many technological advances in medicine, breast cancer can now be detected a lot sooner than with mammograms. Digital Tomosynthesis is digital technology that can help identify small tumors in the earlier stages of breast cancer through 3-D imaging, while providing the increased ability to distinguish between what is dense breast tissue and what […]

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What You Need to Know About Uterine Fibroids

February 26, 2017

What are Uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are benign growths found in a woman’s pelvis. The size of the fibroids can vary ranging from pea-sized to 6 inches wide. Fibroids have also been known to grow large enough to fill the pelvis or abdomen. Where are they found in the pelvis? Uterine fibroids are found in […]

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