• Holiday Health Tips

    Food and Diet

    See how to use the holidays to improve your health knowledge with this article from the CDC.

    The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reviews the basics about type-II diabetes .

    The FDA has some helpful hints for food safety through the holidays.

    Read this pamphlet from the USDA to gain some perspective on portion control.

    Visit the NICHD for some interesting information about holiday weight gain patterns.

    Learn what you can do to win the battle against obesity and keep the weight off by contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Learn what we can do for your health by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.

  • Ways to Make Heavy Holiday Dishes Better for Your Health

    Weight gain is a problem that many people face during the holidays, and it is a particularly significant risk for those who have big holiday dinners in their schedule this season. In order to reduce the damage done by these indulgent meals (and the leftovers that follow), you can give some of your favorite holiday dishes a healthy makeover this year. Here are some tips to cut calories and add more nutritional value to your holiday dishes.

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    Use low-fat dairy products

    When you are preparing sauces, mashed potatoes, and casseroles, you can easily find wholesome substitutes for the high-fat ingredients common to these dishes. Browse the dairy aisle for low- and non-fat products like cheese, milk, and yogurt so that you get the calcium and vitamin D you need from these recipe components without the added fat.

    Pass on the salt

    High-sodium meals are not friendly to heart health , and they can cause you to retain water and feel bloated. Instead of relying on salt to flavor your meals, go for fresh and dried herbs, spices, and citric acid to add more life to your dishes. These flavoring agents will please your palate without overloading your meals with sodium.

    Add more vegetables

    You can sneak vegetables into all kinds of holiday favorites, and this will add nutritious bulk to foods so that you are less likely to overeat. Try making a root vegetable mash instead of using just potatoes, adding more vegetables to your stuffing starter, and serving a light salad to take up more room on your plate. Another helpful way to manage portion control is with smaller plates and smaller serving spoons. When you are able to put fewer items on your plate, you will have more time to recognize that you are full before you get up for second servings.

    For more holiday health tips to improve your health this season, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website. With health classes and events taking place throughout the year, we can help you stay in-tune with your health for life.

  • Eat Right with Tips from the American Cancer Society

    If you find yourself eating large amounts of processed, pre-packaged foods, it may be time to reevaluate your diet and prepare for a healthy food makeover . Changing the way you eat can boost your health and help you live cancer-free for life.

    This video takes a tour through the grocery store so you can identify the best foods to eat for cancer prevention and shop smart for your health. Items to avoid are those with added sugars, preservatives, and fats. These can all add bulk to your diet and increase your health risks over time.

    Find more tips for proper nutrition and get educated about your health at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Explore our upcoming classes and events on our website or by calling us at (408) 259-4000.

  • Recognizing Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes During American Diabetes Month

    As American Diabetes Month comes to an end, it is important to recognize that the treat of diabetes should always be a concern for your health. Diabetes significantly increases an individual’s risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, so you should take a look at your diabetes risk to learn where improvements can be made in your lifestyle. Below are the leading risk factors for diabetes so you can assess how they play a role in your health.

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    Type-II diabetes has become much more prevalent in Americans of all ages, and this trend is largely attributed to obesity. About one third of Americans are obese, and another third of the population is overweight. These large sections of the population are at higher risk for type-II diabetes, because excess fat hinders proper insulin response in the body and leads to poor circulation that promotes elevated blood sugar.


    Physical activity is important in the fight against obesity, as it is a critical component of weight control and it assists in proper digestion. When you get enough exercise, your body will need more energy to burn, so it will process food more efficiently. This will prevent the development of insulin resistance, which happens when you consume more food than your body’s energy needs require.

    Poor nutrition

    Consuming large quantities of processed food and fast food can lead to nutritional deficiencies that cause hormonal imbalances including changes to insulin production. Junk food and convenience foods are fine in moderation, but they can be a contributor to the development of diabetes if they are the primary food sources in your diet. Make a change for better nutrition to prevent diabetes by consuming more fresh foods and doing more cooking at home to have better control over what you eat.

    At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose , we are constantly working to educate our patients about diabetes and guide them to healthier habits. Tap into your diabetes prevention plan with us by joining out H2U program to get access to all of our health education classes and events through and beyond American Diabetes Month. Learn more about this program on our website or call us at (408) 259-4000.

  • Get Health Smart For The Holidays

    If you want to take charge of your health, the holidays are a great time to start by connecting with your family and bonding over healthier meals and fun physical activities. Learn more strategies for healthier holidays by contacting Regional Medical Hospital of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 or on our website.

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    WomensHealth.gov discusses the facts about hysterectomy and when this surgery is necessary.

    Understand how da Vinci Surgery has changed treatment for gynecological cancers by reading this article at daVinciSurgery.com.

    Check out FamilyDoctor.org to learn about flu prevention for the whole family.

    Read about the flu vaccine and the benefits of getting immunized at Flu.gov.

    Diabetes.org explains how hyperglycemia and diabetes are related.

  • How da Vinci Surgery Has Changed Women’s Healthcare

    Minimally-invasive surgical techniques have become the new standard for many procedures used in women’s care, as these types of procedures are safer, faster, and have a lower risk for complications. The da Vinci Robotically Assisted Surgery System has taken another step forward in the field of minimally-invasive surgery, and it has several uses in gynecology that you should be aware of before undergoing a surgical procedure.

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    Surgeries performed by the da Vinci System

    Using endoscopic incisions in the lower torso, the da Vinci System can access the delicate reproductive organs without harming surrounding tissue or causing trauma to the area being operated on. This type of surgery can be beneficial in the treatment of gynecological cancers, endometriosis, heavy uterine bleeding, and uterine fibroids.

    Benefits of da Vinci Surgery for Women

    In the past, surgical procedures such as hysterectomy required extensive recovery for the patient. With da Vinci Robotically Assisted Surgery, there is still a recovery period, but it is much easier on the patient because there is minimal damage to healthy tissue around the surgical site. Plus, the incisions used with this type of surgery are much smaller, so they heal faster with a lower chance of infection.

    Why better surgery matters

    According to WomensHealth.gov, hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for American women. Therefore, it is important to utilize surgical techniques that will ensure the most positive outcomes with minimal complications and side effects. This paves the way for a better future in cancer treatment and the treatment of gynecological conditions that may affect fertility.

    For more information about da Vinci Robotically Assisted Surgery and a consultation to discuss your candidacy for the procedures performed by this system, consult Regional Medical Center of San Jose . You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

  • Stay Healthy On-The-Go with the American Diabetes Association

    Type-II diabetes is an incredibly common chronic disease that millions of Americans do not even know they have. Even more Americans are at risk for type-II diabetes and have no idea that their health is being threatened by this disease.

    This video demonstrates the American Diabetes Association’s risk assessment tool that is quick and easy to use on a computer or smart phone. By answering just a few questions, you can get an accurate look at your diabetes risk so you can bring this information to the attention of your physician.

    If you are at high risk for diabetes or you want to learn how to maintain a low risk, connect with Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Contact us on the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 to see how we can help you get healthier.