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Preventing Diabetes in Your Family

Although you can’t prevent type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition, type 2 diabetes can often be delayed or even prevented with a few simple steps. Diabetes causes a long list of health complications, including increased risk of stroke and the need for cardiac care, so preventing it is a good step towards protecting your overall health. These tips will help you keep diabetes at bay in your family.

Dish Up Healthy Meals
There is a strong correlation between obesity and diabetes, so weight management is an important part of prevention. You can make it easier for your entire family to maintain a healthy weight by serving balanced meals. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats and added sugar and salt, and fill plates with a plenty of color fruits and vegetables. Manage portion sizes carefully to keep calorie counts in check. It’s fine to have an occasional treat, but make healthy eating the norm in your home.

Get Active Together
Being physically active for 30 minutes five days per week can make a dramatic improvement in your heart health and help you manage your weight, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Consider activities that the whole family can do, like taking a walk after dinner, playing soccer in the backyard, or swimming at the community pool.

Have Regular Medical Checkups
Seeing your doctor regularly helps you know where you stand and areas in which you could use some improvement. Know your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers, as well as your weight, and what your targets should be. By monitoring these numbers regularly, your doctor can also advise you if you have prediabetes or other risk factors that you can get under control before diabetes happens to you. Make regular checkups part of the routine for your whole family.

From cardiac care to emergency care and maternity care in San Jose to pediatrics, Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer your family the comprehensive health care you need. Call us today at (888) 724-2362 to request a referral to the right specialist for your needs.

Recognizing the Signs of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is often diagnosed in advanced stages because it often doesn’t cause symptoms early in the disease. However, by understanding your risk factors and being aware of some of the signs of the disease, you can take action and increase your chances of being diagnosed early. If you experience these lung cancer symptoms, consider visiting your physician for cancer screening, especially if you have risk factors, such as a history of smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.

As Dr. Elwyn Cabebe, an oncologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, explains in this video, a persistent cough is the most common sign of lung cancer. The cough typically progressively gets worse and does not respond to efforts to treat it. This symptom can be difficult for active smokers, who may already have a chronic dry cough, to recognize, but if your existing cough changes or intensifies, consider reporting your symptoms to your doctor.

Repeated Lung Infections
Another sign of lung cancer is bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia, or other chest infections that are resistant to treatment or that go away and then come back. Repeated lung infections can be caused by a range of different factors, including stress, poor nutrition, and poor sleep, as well as smoking making your lungs vulnerable to infection. However, if you experience frequent infections, talk to your physician about the potential reasons.

Unintentional Weight Loss
Losing weight without trying is a very common symptom of many different kinds of cancer, including lung cancer. Sometimes, loss of appetite also occurs. Some people don’t notice their weight loss as being unusual because they are also eating less, but any time your appetite and weight changes without a clear explanation, see your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

If you are experiencing cancer symptoms, contact Good Samaritan Hospital for a referral to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment. We also offer emergency care, cardiac care, and maternity care in San Jose, alongside a comprehensive range of services. Find out more by calling (888) 724-2362.

Keeping Your Food Safe When You Host a Cookout

Hosting a family cookout is a fun way to celebrate holidays and birthdays. However, it’s important to be mindful of food safety, especially if you will be traveling to a park or other site away from home. Following a few simple tips can keep your family healthy and out of the emergency care department. In the event that food poisoning does occur, the emergency care team at Good Samaritan Hospital is always available to help patients feel well again.

Food Preparation

Always wash your hands with soap and running water before and after handling food. If you need to defrost meat, place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight; do not place it at room temperature. If you intend to save some of the marinade to serve with the meat, you should set it aside in a separate container before placing the rest of the marinade with the meat. Do not reuse marinade that has come into contact with raw meat. Cook all animal products to the recommended internal temperature. For example, ground meats should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Food Transportation

Hosting a family cookout at home allows easy access to refrigeration. When traveling to another location, special precautions should be taken. Pack perishable food in an insulated cooler with plenty of ice. The food should remain at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook or serve perishable food promptly upon arriving at your destination.

Food Storage and Serving

When hosting a cookout at your own home, keep meats and other perishable items in the refrigerator until just before you place them on the grill or stove. Once the food is fully cooked, place it on a clean platter for serving; do not reuse platters that were used to hold raw meats because this can cause food poisoning through cross-contamination.

When your family needs emergency care in the San Jose area, you can put your trust in the team at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our community hospital is also a leading provider of cardiac care and maternity health services. You can direct non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services to a registered nurse at (888) 724-2362.

Preventing Gynecological Cancers with the HPV Vaccine

Gynecological cancers, including cervical cancer, claim the lives of many women every year. Some risk factors of cancer are modifiable through lifestyle improvements and medical management, while other risk factors are not. Thanks to a certain vaccine, it is possible to reduce the risk of certain cancers that may be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Consider talking to a doctor at your local hospital about the HPV vaccine.

What It Is

A vaccine is an injection that triggers the body to produce defenses against a particular disease. In this case, the HPV vaccine guards against the human papilloma virus. HPV is a very common disease; millions of people in the U.S. have it. HPV is actually an umbrella term for a group of more than 150 viruses. HPV is transmitted through any type of sexual contact, which is why the vaccine is recommended for children who are not yet sexually active. Different types of HPV can cause different health problems. Some types can cause genital warts and gynecological cancers, including cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer. HPV can also cause cancer in men, including penile cancer. Both men and women may develop anal cancer and oropharynx cancer from HPV.

How Safe It Is

Watch this featured video to hear a gynecologist at Good Samaritan Hospital discuss the safety of the HPV vaccine. She explains that to date, no serious adverse events have been reported because of the vaccine. All vaccines undergo extensive testing and review before they are made available to patients at hospitals in the U.S.

Who Should Get It

Consider visiting your local hospital to discuss whether the HPV vaccine might be right for you or your child. It is generally recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12. However, males can receive the vaccine through age 21 or through age 26 if they have a compromised immune system or if they have sex with male partners. Women can receive the vaccine through age 26 if they did not get it when they were younger.

Good Samaritan Hospital provides a full suite of preventive and therapeutic health services to families throughout the greater San Jose area. Our community hospital can meet your child’s every need-from labor and delivery to vaccinations to emergency care. If you have general questions about vaccinations, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.

Why Food Allergies Should Be Taken Seriously

Eating is usually an enjoyable experience. But after being diagnosed with a food allergy, you may start to see food differently. When a food has the potential to result in serious health consequences that require emergency care and hospitalization, it’s necessary to be very careful about what you eat. Here at Good Samaritan Hospital, our emergency care team encourages patients with food allergies to understand their emergency action plan.

What You Should Know

After receiving a diagnosis of a food allergy, consider asking your doctor for recommended resources to learn more about your condition and how to manage it properly. You can also watch this video, which features an emergency care physician at Good Samaritan Hospital. He explains that allergic reactions can range from mild skin reactions to severe, life-threatening reactions. On the severe end of the spectrum, an allergic reaction is referred to as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis affects multiple organs and it may be life-threatening. It may cause difficulty breathing, chest tightness, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of consciousness, swelling of the facial region, or lightheadedness.

What You Can Do

Even if you have only experienced mild allergic reactions in the past, you should know that you’re at risk of severe, even life-threatening reactions in the future. Consider talking to your physician about ways of managing your food allergy properly. In addition to avoiding your allergen, your doctor will likely recommend that you have an auto-injector of epinephrine with you at all times. This is an emergency medicine that should be administered immediately when a serious allergic reaction occurs. You’ll still need to call 911 after administering the injection. You might also consider wearing a medical identification bracelet, which alerts emergency care responders to your condition. This way, if you have lost consciousness, the emergency responders can identify your health crisis and quickly initiate life-saving treatments.

Despite taking precautions, patients with food allergies may require emergency care from time to time. In San Jose, patients can trust Good Samaritan Hospital to provide high-quality, responsive emergency care around the clock. Please direct medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher; non-emergent inquiries about our community hospital may be directed to a registered nurse at (888) 724-2362.

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