• Maintaining Proper Nutrition with Diabetes

    For many patients, a diagnosis of diabetes means that certain lifestyle changes must occur, especially where eating habits are concerned. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping for food and planning out your daily meals:

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    Eat Several Small Meals

    Because blood sugar levels drop the longer a person goes without eating, diabetics should arrange their schedules to include periodic meals and snacks. Eating at the same time each day can help you avoid accidentally skipping meals and enable you to more easily keep your blood glucose levels within the target range.

    Limit Refined Sugars

    Simple carbohydrates such as candy, soda, and white bread products cause blood sugar levels to spike, making it difficult to determine the amount of medication you need. Complex carbohydrates are generally a better choice, as they are absorbed more slowly by the body and cause you to feel full for longer. Therefore, seek opportunities to use whole-grain bread and pasta, vegetables, legumes, and fruit as the carbohydrate component of any given meal, snack, or dessert.

    Choose Healthy Fats

    It is important for people with diabetes to monitor their fat intake to maintain a healthy weight and prevent cardiovascular disease. However, there are different types of fats, some of which can be beneficial in regulating blood sugar. Unsaturated fats, found in vegetable oil, nuts, seeds, fish, and avocado, provide essential nutrients that promote physical and mental health. Conversely, saturated and trans fats, which are common in animal products and processed foods, can raise your cholesterol levels and increase your risk of developing blood clots. Aim to replace dangerous saturated and trans fats with healthier fats when cooking or snacking.

    The physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital can help you manage your diabetes for a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line any time at (408) 559-2011 for more nutrition tips!

  • The Importance of Staying With Your Drink While Out

    Going out and drinking in moderation can be a very fun experience.  However, keeping an eye on your drink while you’re out is not only smart, but it can help keep you out of the ER.  For more information, check out this video or give Good Samaritan Hospital a call at (408) 559-2011!

  • More Information About the Latest in Healthcare Technology

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    The American Cancer Society explains the history and goals of the Great American Smokeout happening this November.

    The National Eye Institute discusses glaucoma, which is a common condition among diabetic individuals.

    Get the facts about diabetes with this helpful guide from the American Diabetes Association.

    This article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details the potential harm that the misuse of antibiotics can cause.

    Check out FamilyDoctor.org for a look at how to use antibiotics correctly.

    If you want to explore more information about the latest in healthcare technology and practices, browse these articles and contact Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Exercising While Pregnant: Is It Safe?

    Exercising is an important way to stay healthy.  But is exercising while pregnant healthy for you and your baby?  Find out more in this video, and for more information call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011!

  • Health Complications that Can Arise in Patients with Diabetes

    Since diabetes is so closely linked to other medical disorders, including some that are life-threatening, individuals living with diabetes need to be particularly health conscious . When patients are dedicated to proper diabetes management with the right lifestyle choices, the chances for complications is reduced significantly. The conditions listed below are just a few to be aware of if you or someone you love is living with diabetes.


    Heart Disease

    The National Institutes of Health report that heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes. The reason for this trend is that diabetes increases several risk factors for heart disease including high cholesterol and hypertension. Regular blood work should be incorporated into your routine if you have diabetes, as this type of testing will get you in touch with your heart health.


    November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, so it is the perfect time to recognize the close association of diabetes and glaucoma. Because glaucoma is so common among diabetic patients, diabetes has become the leading cause of new blindness in American adults. Glaucoma is likely brought on in diabetic patients by spikes in the blood sugar that lead to poor regulation of ocular pressure.

    Diabetic Neuropathy

    The spikes and drops in blood sugar that can occur in diabetic patients can damage the sensitive nerves in the peripheral nervous system. This type of damage is referred to as diabetic neuropathy, and it results in the permanent loss of sensation in certain nerves. When the nerves are no longer able to function, skin problems and injuries may go unnoticed and lead to serious infections.

    Get educated about diabetes and learn your risk during American Diabetes Month this November by contacting Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Connect with us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • What the da Vinci Surgical System Is Capable of

    In lung cancer treatment , surgery may be one of the necessary therapies to stop the growth of cancerous cells and remove damaged tissue. The da Vinci robotically assisted surgical system is a preferred method for lung surgery, because it offers the precise accuracy needed to safely operate on the delicate tissue of the lungs.

    You can see just how subtle the movements of the da Vinci system are by watching this video, which shows a demonstration of the machine making origami.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , we feature the da Vinci system in our Cancer Care Center and other surgical departments, because we are dedicated to the most sophisticated technologies available for patient care. Learn more about our technology and services by visiting our website or calling us at (408) 559-2011.

  • Pregnancy: Controlling Your Weight Gain

    Many women gain more than the recommended amount of weight while they are pregnant.  Ensuring that your diet and amount of exercise are healthy for you and your baby can help not only lead to a normal weight gain, but can reduce the risk of various other health risks.  For more information, call Good Samaritan Hospital today at (408) 559-2011!

  • Plan to Quit Smoking with the Great American Smokeout

    Every November, thousands of smokers nationwide stop lighting up during the Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society. At Good Samaritan Hospital, we encourage our patients to participate in this movement because of the wide range of serious health issues that are directly caused by smoking cigarettes. Below is a look at some of the ways you can commit to quit this November.

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    Know the risks of smoking

    Smoking is the leading cause for lung cancer in the United States, it is a significant risk for heart disease and stroke, and it has been associated with a higher risk for several different types of cancer including reproductive and breast cancers. When you quit, your health begins to improve right away, and your health risks reduce dramatically over time.

    Consider the health of those around you

    The harm of cigarette smoking can affect non-smokers as well, because secondhand smoke is dangerous to the heart and lungs. This is particularly true for children and elderly individuals, so you should keep their health in mind when you feel the urge to light up.

    Consult your physician

    Your doctor will definitely be on your side when you choose to quit smoking, so get your physician involved with your efforts. You can get regular health screenings throughout your journey to quit and find medical support to reduce your urge to smoke by collaborating with your doctor to cut out cigarettes.

    Good Samaritan Hospital can support your effort to quit during this year’s Great American Smokeout with the superior heart and vascular care offered through our Accredited Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Surgery Department. Join us in November for free blood pressure screenings and other educational health services to help you take charge of your health. Sign up for these events by visiting us online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Take Control Of Your Heart And Lung Health With These Resources

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    At Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, we offer superior care in all medical specialties and emergency medicine. We also provide the tools for members of our community to understand their health and create a healthier future for everyone. Learn more about our outreach programs, classes, and events on our website or by calling (408) 559-2011.

    The CDC has some tips on getting active with regular exercise to support your heart and lungs.

    Visit the American Lung Association to understand how to manage and prevent asthma .

    Know how diabetes affects heart health with this article from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

    See some reasons to quit smoking for your health at Heart.org.

  • How to Manage Your Pregnancy Symptoms

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    Pregnancy can be a time of joy and excitement. But your changing body may leave you with a frown. Fluctuating hormones can lead to tummy troubles, back pain, constipation, a constant need to pee, and many other nagging discomforts.

    Here’s how to manage some of the most common pregnancy symptoms.

    Nausea and Vomiting
    Surging pregnancy hormones can make you feel sick to your stomach. You may feel nauseous or throw up as soon as you awaken. But don’t let the term “morning sickness” fool you. Nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of day during pregnancy.

    Try this:

    • Take a daily multivitamin as soon as you become pregnant. This may help ease morning sickness. If you feel sick when you wake up, eat dry toast or crackers before you get out of bed.
    • Do not eat foods that are very spicy, acidic, or high in fat.
    • Eat small, bland snacks (such as dry crackers) throughout the day to prevent swings in blood sugar levels.

    Morning sickness usually goes away after the 4th month of pregnancy. Call your doctor if you cannot hold down food or water, or you are losing weight. Severe morning sickness may require a hospital stay.

    Many women have relentless heartburn during pregnancy, especially during the last 3 months. As the baby grows larger, the womb may push on your stomach. This can cause stomach juices to move backwards.

    Try this:

    • Eat small, frequent snacks instead of several large meals.
    • Do not eat spicy, fried, or acidic foods.
    • Do not lie down after eating.
    • Place several pillows under your head when sleeping on your back.
    • Ask your doctor or nurse if over-the-counter heartburn medicine is right for you.

    Frequent Urination
    The baby growing in your womb is putting a lot of pressure on your bladder . As pregnancy progresses, it is common to feel like you always have to “go.”

    Try this:

    • Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and soda. (Decaf is ok.) Too much caffeine can make you urinate more. It can also lead to constipation and dizziness.
    • Do not drink too much before going to bed. (However, you should get plenty of fluids during the day.)

    Constipation and Hemorrhoids
    It is common to have constipation during pregnancy. Straining too hard to have a bowel movement can lead to itchy, painful, swollen veins in your anal area. These are called hemorrhoids.

    Try this:

    • Drink plenty of water and non-caffeinated fluids. This helps stool move more easily through your intestines.
    • Make sure you are getting plenty of fiber. Choose whole grain foods, fruits, and vegetables. This type of diet is also healthy for your growing baby.
    • Get plenty of exercise. Ask your doctor or nurse which exercises are safe during pregnancy.
    • If you have hemorrhoids, tell your doctor or nurse. There are creams you can buy to ease the pain and itchiness.

    Back Pain
    As your baby and stomach grow, the muscles in your back and stomach have to work harder than ever. Weak stomach muscles, relaxing ligaments, and awkward sleeping and sitting positions may all contribute to back pain.

    Try this:

    • Always bend using your knees.
    • Do not lift anything heavy.
    • Avoid high heels. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes with good arch support. Do not wear flat shoes.
    • Place a stiff board between your mattress and box springs if your bed is too soft.
    • Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees for support.
    • When standing for a long time, place one foot up on a stool or box or other object.
    • Ask your doctor or nurse about back strengthening exercises that are safe to do during pregnancy.
    • Consider a supportive garment like a belly band.

    Fatigue is very common during pregnancy. After all, you are growing another person inside you – that is a lot of work! You will probably feel the most tired during the first 8 to 10 weeks, as your body adjusts to the pregnancy changes.

    Try this:

    • Take frequent naps.
    • Make sure you are getting enough to eat and are following a healthy diet.
    • Make sure you get regular, moderate exercise (such as walking).
    • If you cannot sleep, talk to your doctor or nurse about ways to improve your sleep. But avoid caffeine. Too much caffeine can make other pregnancy discomforts, such as nausea, constipation, and frequent urination, worse.

    If you are expecting, Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer a state-of-the-art maternity facility with a highly-trained obstetrical team available 24 hours a day. Find out why Good Samaritan is the hospital of choice for maternity care in our community by calling (408) 559-2011, or to take a tour of our birthing center, call (408) 559-BABY.