About Adult Acne

Acne is often thought of as a teenage dilemma, and while it is true that acne appears most often during the teenage years, it is arguably just as true that there are a growing number of individuals that suffer from adult acne.

Adults in their twenties, all the way up to their fifties can still experience acne flare-ups. And adult acne can have just as many negative effects on a person as teenage acne. Possibly even more so, as the stress of career and family adds to the strain of living with an unsightly skin problem.

August Is Psoriasis Awareness Month

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Every August health care providers across the country work to help spread awareness about the skin condition known as Psoriasis. Psoriasis is not contagious but can be inherited. Research indicates that the disease may result from a disorder in the immune system. Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there are many treatment options that can clear psoriasis for a period of time.

What is Psoriasis?

Typically psoriasis sufferers usually develop well defined red raised patches covered by silvery scales which form first on the scalp, behind the ears, on the back of the neck, between the shoulders, on elbows and knees or near fingernails and toenails.

5 Low Cost Ways to Soothe the Sting of Sunburn

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Each of us most likely has at least one memory of nasty sunburn. Whether experienced personally, or by a close family member or friend, the symptoms are likely to include anything from red hot skin that is either tender or painful to touch, to nausea, dehydration, blistering and flaking or peeling of the skin.

As anyone who has experienced bad sunburn will verify, the amount of time spent causing the sunburn, is largely disproportionate to the length of time that can be spent suffering the consequences of its effects. In this respect, and depending on the severity of burning, — pain and discomfort can persist for several days after the event, as the body works to heal and recover from the unprotected UV exposure.

April is STD Awareness Month

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The month of April is known as STD Awareness Month. As effective as modern contraception methods are, most protect you from only one kind of risk: unintended pregnancies. But, unplanned parenthood is not the only risk that comes with unsafe and unprotected sex. Practicing unsafe sex also puts you at risk of contacting sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Since condoms are the only known and proven birth control method that protect against STDs and STIs, a lot of sexual health information can go a long way in keeping yourself safe and uninfected.

Six New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthy Heart

new-years-resolutions_healthyIt’s that time of year again hence we all promise to make a change for the better. Here’s a wish list of six resolutions for a healthier heart will pay you dividends in 2016.

Do you want to prevent heart attack? How about heart surgery recovery tips? Here are some tips to help you out this year:

1. Reduce stress. Try to take some time for yourself each and every day. Don’t lose sight of the big picture. Finally, listen to your body for when it says “enough”, it probably is.

2. Stop smoking. Stop smoking. Stop smoking.

3. Eat healthier. Drink low-fat milk. Take baby carrots or cherry tomatoes to work for lunch. Have fish for dinner twice a week. Have one green vegetable with each evening meal. Losing weight if overweight is obvious. Track your weight on paper each morning to chart your progress.

Stress Busters: Techniques to Win Against Anxiety

Stress, something that effects millions of people around the world, is the feeling of heaviness and pressure on one’s physical and mental capacities. It is a feeling of being overwhelmed, or of being unsure of how to meet certain standards,leading to being filled with anxiety. Although a small amount of stress can increase energy and alertness, it can be very bothersome if it is not addressed properly. Being stressed while at work will decrease one’s focus and can reflect on the job itself. Being stressed by other factors including relationships with other people can be seen in a person’s movement, health, and way of thinking.

In dealing with stress, there are a lot of stress techniques, remedies, and tips readily available for all people to use and practice. The best way to fight stress is to remain calm and relaxed. Relaxation is a key component in stress relief. It makes you feel light, allowing a person to experience peace and serenity.

There are various stress techniques that can be applied by people who have high-pressure lives. Stress management techniques should not only cause a person to experience a burst of energy; it should also enhance a person’s performance at work and in other daily activities.

Another factor to consider is one’s environment and the people around you. It is possible to feel stressed when people around you are also stressed, It is important to minimize the level of stress that can come from toxic people in your office or even in your own home.

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Another stress technique would be to practice deep and heavy breathing. The body is relaxed by breathing slowly for a count of seven, then breathing out for a count of eleven. Repeat this count until heart rate slows down. Thinking about stressful situations, or having ‘what if’ thoughts could break one’s relaxation and give them stress. Avoid such thoughts and think of what can be done to prevent such stress. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

It is also important to know what things cause you stress and anxiety. Knowing what specific things or situations can make you feel stressed will help you avoid these stressors. Lack of sleep, no exercise, and a poor diet can also contribute to stress. Having a healthy regular diet, enough sleep, and regular exercise will also do a lot to fight anxiety.

Stress relief activities such as yoga, meditation, Tai chi, progressive muscle relaxation, massage therapy, and other relaxation exercises can help in relieving stress. Stress can increase heart rate, gives an adrenaline rush through our blood stream, and temporarily shuts down our digestive and immune systems. By doing any of the mentioned exercises, stress relief is surely on its way. Choose a specific stress relief exercise depending on your lifestyle, and with regular application, can surely beat the stress out of your life.

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Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.

At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.

Eight Symptoms of Diabetes

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November is National Diabetes Month so we believe it is important to share some helpful information. If you have two or more of these pre-diabetes symptoms you should seriously consider getting yourself checked out:

1) If you find you are excessively thirsty, not just after extreme exercise or hot weather.

2) You seem to constantly have a dry mouth – even if you’ve just had a drink.

3) You find you are having to urinate frequently.

4) You have unexpected weight loss or gain (even though you may be constantly hungry and eating well. Of course you may be eating the wrong things which would probably make your pre-diabetes symptom worse).

5) You feel lethargic. You always feel as if you’ve got no energy; you are weak and tired all the time.

6) Sometimes your vision is blurry – be careful, untreated eye problems caused through diabetes can lead to blindness. You should have regular eye checks, especially as you get older because your eyes can be the early warning signal for many diseases ñ not just diabetes.

7) You have cuts or sores or bruises (especially on your feet) that are slow to heal.

8) If you experience excessive itching or soreness in the genital area or yeast infections (which can be misdiagnosed as thrush) it may be a sign of too much sugar in your urine.

AT RISK FACTORS:

There are different types of diabetes; pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, gestational and maturity onset. And, dependent upon your age, lifestyle and family history you may be more susceptible to developing diabetes.

Foe example you may be more prone to developing diabetes if any of these factors apply to you:

  • Your family background is African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino.
  • You have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
  • You are aged over 45 and are overweight you might be at risk of diabetes type 2
  • You have had gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby over 9 pounds in weight.
  • You have high blood pressure.

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Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.

At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.

What Everyone Needs To Know About Exercise And Blood Pressure

Although regular aerobic activity is important to the health and wellbeing of everyone, far too many people make the crucial mistake of assuming painful, strenuous workouts are the most productive way to exercise.

The startling fact is that moderate exercise – with the prime example being walking – may be an even more effective way to exercise, especially if you need to lower your blood pressure, and definitely if you’re just beginning your fitness program.

Before starting any new fitness program – especially if you haven’t exercised in a while or if you have medical problems – you should always consult your doctor first. Your doctor might even suggest you change some of your lifestyle habits such as your diet or medications in addition to starting an exercise program.

A doctor’s prior approval is especially important since some activities can cause your blood pressure to rise to potentially dangerous levels. Recent research shows that vigorous exercise in unfit individuals may actually be harmful and should be avoided unless tolerance to the exercise has been built up over a reasonable period of time.

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On the other hand, numerous studies have proven people who exercise moderately and regularly are more likely to have blood pressures in the healthy ranges.

Different types of exercise obviously depend on your fitness levels, but cycling, walking, swimming, are excellent choices for starting a fitness program. For each of these options, you can easily control your work level and your progression so that you keep your blood pressure within a healthy range during the activity and eventually lower your resting blood pressure, too.

Progression is vital to the success of your fitness program. Start slowly so that your body has time to adjust and adapt. Remember, one of the main reasons people give up and quit new fitness programs after just a few weeks it that they try to work too hard, too soon.

If you decide to start a walking program, for example, start slowly by walking two or at most three times a week for ten to fifteen minutes at a time at a leisurely pace. Gradually increase either your pace or time each week. After a couple of months, you can increase the number of weekly sessions, too.

If you decide to join a health club, you should start with a qualified personal fitness professional who will take all medical history into account and help you design an appropriate fitness program.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure leads to many different medical problems such as stroke, coronary disease, and kidney disease, so it’s crucial you do everything you can to control your blood pressure. Gradual progression is the key to keeping your blood pressure under control, maintaining your weight loss, avoiding injury and ensuring long term success.

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Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.

At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.

Skin Cancer Prevention: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From UV Rays

Skin cancer prevention measures can actively reduce your chances of developing skin cancer if you implement them in your daily routine. The most common form of cancer in the United States, tens of thousands of Americans contract skin cancer every year.

Skin cancer comes in three forms: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Of the three, melanoma is the most dangerous and life threatening. Skin cancer claims the lives of approximately ten thousand Americans on an annual basis.

What causes skin cancer?

Overexposure to ultraviolet sunlight (UV rays) is believed to be the dominant external factor in a person’s development of skin cancer, although genetic factors can play a role. To protect yourself from UV rays, you should take the following 5 steps for proper skin cancer prevention:

1. Avoid Direct Sun Exposure: Avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight during midday (generally from 10am to 4pm). This is the time when UV rays are most intense. Plan your schedule to avoid outdoor activities during these hours. Also, be aware that sand and snow reflect sunlight, so if your at the beach or a ski resort, direct sunlight can bombard you from every direction with UV rays.

2. Cover Yourself: When out in the sun, keep your skin covered. Wear long-sleeves and long pants if possible. Wearing a hat with a 3 to 4 inch brim all around is preferable. This will guard your neck and cheeks from dangerous prolonged exposure. Also note that dry, dark-colored garments offer the best protection.

3. Use Sunscreen Properly: You should always use sunscreen when enduring prolonged exposure in the sun. Find a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15 and read the directions for proper application. The higher the SPF, the higher the protection you will receive against dangerous sunburns. However, sunscreen does not offer bulletproof protection, and UV rays can penetrate water, so just because you feel cool in the water doesn’t mean you’re protected from sunburn.

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4. Use Sunglasses That Block UV Rays: Making certain your sunglasses can block UV rays helps to guard your eyes from serious sun damage. The best constructed sunglasses should have a UV ray absorption rate of 99% to 100%. Never assume that darker lenses equal increased protection. UV rays are blocked by a chemical applied to the lenses. This chemical has nothing to do with the color of transparency of sunglass lenses.

5. Stay Away From Tanning Beds: It is a myth to believe that tanning beds and sunlamps are free of harmful UV rays. These cosmetic instruments might make your skin more attractive in the short-term, but they can significantly increase your risk of developing skin cancer in the long-term. Health professionals advise their patients to avoid them.

By implementing these 5 steps in your daily routine, you can significantly decrease your risk of developing skin cancer, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle that allows for proper exposure to the sun. Another important step in prevention of skin cancer is routine examination by a doctor. If skin cancer is detected early, then your odds of survival are markedly increased.

Five Fun and Social Ways to Exercise When It’s Cold

With the extreme cold we have had in most of the country this week we felt it was important to give some information for those who are missing out on ways to stay active. What if you could turn winter’s cold weather into a game? Instead of resisting the weather, you can use it to your advantage to get exercise, to burn calories and to improve your fitness. You can also use it to bond with friends and deepen relationships.

Here are five fun and social ways to exercise in the cold.

==> #1: Race through the Snow

Bundle yourselves up and go for a race! Racing through the snow poses unique challenges. You have to plunge through the snow’s resistance, find easy paths and combat tough visibility.

If conditions are really bad, do the race in pairs to make sure nobody gets in a bind out there on their own.

==> #2: Host a Pillow Fight

When it’s snowing, freezing or foggy outside, bring the party home. Instead of working out in the cold, why not get your heart racing indoors with a pillow fight party instead?

You can do it just once, or make it a regular thing. Combine the pillow fight with other physical activities to make it a workout for the whole group.

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==> #3: Do the 100 Push-Up Challenge

There’s something about the number one hundred that’s inherently appealing – especially when doing a challenge. That’s one of the reasons why the 100 push-up challenge was created and one of the reasons so many people took it on.

The 100 push-up challenge is a free online challenge you can take on. They provide a six-week training program designed to take you from where you are now to doing 100 push-ups.

This challenge will help build your shoulder muscles, your biceps, your triceps, your chest muscles and even your back and buttock muscles. It’s also quite an aerobic exercise and will give your cardiovascular system a good workout as well.

==> #4: The Speed House Cleaning Party

Have a garage that hasn’t been cleaned out in a couple years? Or an attic that needs rearranging? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to redecorate an area of the house for some time?

Since you’re going to be stuck in the house anyway, why not make a party out of it? Invite a bunch of your friends, bring some food, put on some music and have a house cleaning party. If it’s a small area, you could do it with just the family.

==> #5: Twister

Twister is a fantastic social and physical game that really shines in winter. Invite a few of your friends over, put on some music, lay out the Twister map and let the games begin. Again, you can combine this Twister party with some of the other activities described here.

These are some of the many ways you can use winter time to your advantage. Instead of exercising alone, use winter as an opportunity to get together with friends and work out together.

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Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.

At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.