• Making a Healthier Meal for Dinner at Home

    If you’re following a diabetes diet plan or you’re simply trying to lose weight, preparing healthy meals at home is a good alternative to eating out. Watch this video to see a demonstration by a chef who has written a cookbook specifically for diabetics. She showcases one of her favorite recipes, baked fish with lemon panko breadcrumbs.

    As you’ll see in this video, all you need to do is bake fish fillets for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, heat some oil in a skillet and add panko breadcrumbs. Cook until the breadcrumbs are golden brown, and then add some lemon zest, Parmesan, and fresh herbs. After removing the fish from the oven, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fillets for added flavor, and then top them with the breadcrumbs.

    Residents of the San Jose area can consider Good Samaritan Hospital to be their partner in promoting better wellness choices . Call our hospital at (888) 724-2362 or explore our service areas online, including emergency care.

  • Understanding Your Child’s Nutritional Needs


    Your child’s nutritional needs will change as he or she grows older. It’s a good idea to consult a pediatrician at your nearby hospital to learn about your child’s current nutritional needs. This is particularly important if your child has been diagnosed with a medical condition. In general; however, children between the ages of two and three need about 1,000 to 1,400 calories per day. Caloric requirements gradually increase with age, depending on activity level and gender.

    To get the most out of your child’s daily calorie intake, aim for well-balanced meals containing plenty of vegetables. Children between two and four should eat about one to one and a half cups of vegetables per day. Kids also need lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Fruit makes an ideal snack for youngsters. If your child is averse to eating fruits and vegetables, try to make the meal look more fun. For example, create a funny face on a plate with an apple slice for the mouth, grapes for the eyes and nose, and carrot sticks for the hair.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is a leading maternity hospital, and labor and delivery center. Families in San Jose and beyond can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.

  • Helping Your Child Manage Asthma Symptoms


    Managing your child’s asthma symptoms begins with a visit to a nearby hospital. A physician at your community hospital will evaluate your child and recommend an appropriate treatment plan, which may include medications such as bronchodilators or corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists are long-term control medications that can help relax your child’s airways. If your child’s asthma symptoms are triggered by allergies, immunotherapy may help. Additionally, the physician will develop an asthma action plan. You and your child will follow the steps in the asthma action plan in the event of an asthma attack. This may involve taking medications, calling the doctor, or rushing to the hospital.

    There are some lifestyle changes you can make to help your child manage his or her symptoms. Your child should avoid outdoor activities on days when there are high levels of pollen, mold spores, or air pollution. You might also consider investing in a portable HEPA unit air cleaner and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

    For exceptional primary and emergency care, parents in San Jose can turn to Good Samaritan Hospital. Call (888) 724-2362 if you would like to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital .

  • Recognizing Your Risk for Kidney Disease

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    Chronic kidney failure, or chronic kidney disease, is a condition in which the kidneys gradually lose their ability to function properly. The kidneys filter waste products out of the blood, and regulate water and electrolyte levels. This means that kidney disease can lead to dangerous levels of these substances that can build up in the body. If a patient reaches end-stage kidney failure, he or she requires a kidney transplant or dialysis to survive. Consider talking to a physician at your local hospital about whether you might be at risk of kidney disease. Your hospital may offer resources that can help you control your risk factors.

    Medical Conditions

    Many medical conditions can directly lead to kidney disease or contribute to it. Diabetics are at a particularly heightened risk of kidney disease because over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the kidneys. It’s a good idea for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to undergo testing for kidney disease . Like diabetes, high blood pressure can damage your kidneys over a period of years without giving rise to noticeable symptoms. Another medical condition that can lead to kidney disease is heart disease. Additionally, if you already have kidney disease, you should be aware that you’re at a greater risk of heart disease.

    Lifestyle Risk Factors

    Managing your medical conditions properly isn’t the only way to reduce your risk of kidney disease. Hospital researchers have found a link between obesity and kidney disease. You can work with a doctor at your local hospital to learn of healthy ways to maintain a normal weight. Smoking is another risk factor of kidney disease.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors

    Some risk factors of kidney disease are not controllable through medical management or lifestyle choices. For example, having a family history of kidney disease and being of advanced age increases your risk. Additionally, kidney disease is more prevalent among African-Americans, Native Americans, and Asian-Americans.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , our healthcare providers provide personalized care to help patients make informed decisions for their well-being. At our hospital, you’ll find kidney disease treatments, cardiac care, maternity care, and emergency room services. For general healthcare information, contact a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 724-2362.