• What Are the Costs of Dementia?

    There are several conditions that may cause dementia, and they are most frequently diagnosed in older adults. Some types of dementia are reversible, but many are progressive and will continue to get worse over time. Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which are among the most common causes of dementia, fall into the second category.

    As this video explains, dementia can create a complex diagnostic process, which can lead to significant healthcare costs. The aging population of the United States is only getting bigger, so the number of patients with dementia is on the rise as well. This means that dementia is a large contributor of healthcare expenditures that will only get bigger without ongoing research to better understand this issue.

    If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s dementia risk, you can find healthcare resources and healthy living guidelines with Regional Medical Center of San Jose . By calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000, you can learn about the right types of care for your needs and get answers to your important questions about your health. 

  • When Should You Consider Having Your First Colonoscopy?

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    A colonoscopy is a screening that can identify colon cancer while the disease is still localized and highly treatable. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in both men and women, so screening with a colonoscopy is important for everyone.

    The most significant risk factor for colon cancer is age, so you will probably not have to have a colonoscopy until you reach age 50 with repeat screenings every 10 years following normal results. However, if you have other risk factors such as a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, you may need to have your first screening at an earlier age.

    The best way to learn the right time for your screening is by consulting your doctor. You can connect with a physician for your preventive care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where you will also find a wide range of digestive disease screening services offered on site. To find a physician for your needs, visit our website or call our healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

  • A Glance at Suicide Prevention

    Suicide doesn’t just affect individuals who take their own lives; it can also be devastating for the friends, family members, educators, and coworkers of those individuals. For this reason, suicide prevention is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which encourages everyone to reach out for help with this video. Anyone can help in the prevention of suicide, just as anyone can be affected by this tragedy.

    If you know of someone who is considering suicide or you are having suicidal thoughts, you can reach out to Regional Medical Center of San Jose for resources to help you. Call us at (408) 259-4000 to explore the mental health resources available in the Bay Area for yourself or a loved one.

  • Surprising Ways Smoking Can Impact Your Health

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    Most people are familiar with the significant effects that smoking can have on respiratory and cardiac health , but there are many other ways that cigarette smoking can damage the body. While the risk of heart disease and lung cancer should be a significant motivator to help you quit , there are several other conditions that you may have never thought about as a consequence of cigarette smoking. This article will take a look at some of the more shocking ways that smoking might take a toll on your health before you ever see the signs of cardiac or respiratory issues. 

    Accelerated Aging

    Smoking can speed up the aging process, allowing premature wrinkles and sagging skin to appear and add years to your appearance. The effects are more than skin-deep, as smoking can also lead to brittle bones and weakening of the body’s muscles. Years of smoking might diminish your athletic performance and limit your physical activity, further compounding the negative effects of this bad habit.

    Poor Dental Health

    You may quickly notice that smoking can turn the teeth yellow, and this is only the first issue that arises with dental health in smokers. People who smoke are often suffering from periodontal disease and tooth decay, which can lead to problems throughout the rest of the body and require costly treatment with dentures or dental implants.

    Infertility

    Both men and women may have a decline in fertility due to cigarette smoking. Smoking during pregnancy or being exposed to secondhand smoke can cause even greater issues with a high chance for birth defects and premature birth. Reproductive health in female smokers may be affected later in life as well with early menopause.

    During the month of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit with the Great American Smokeout, which can show you the benefits of quitting for one day. To follow up with your effort to quit and kick the habit for life, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose on our website or at (408) 259-4000. 

  • What Are the Best Foods to Eat When You Have Diabetes?

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    Patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can benefit from a healthy diet that allows the body to get more energy from food without significant spikes in blood sugar that could lead to complications. Knowing the staples of a diabetes-friendly diet is the most effective way to manage what you eat so that you always know which options are the best go-to foods for quick meals and occasions when you dine out.

    The foods you should eat the most of when you have diabetes are those that are nutrient dense and take a long time for the body to break down. These foods include high-fiber, high-protein options like beans, leafy green vegetables, fish, whole grains, berries, and sweet potatoes. Things to avoid eating regularly are simple starches like potatoes and white bread as well as sweets, fried foods, and fatty red meat.

    As you take charge of your health to minimize the effects of diabetes in your life, consider Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s H2U program , which offers healthy guidelines for any lifestyle. Regional Medical Center is a Bay Area leader in medical care across a wide range of medical specialties, and you can reach us by calling (408) 259-4000. 

  • Signs That your Child Could Have Type 1 Diabetes

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    Juvenile or type 1 diabetes accounts for only 5% of diabetes diagnoses, but it is an area of significant diabetes research since its causes are less clear than type 2 diabetes and other forms of this disease. It is often referred to as juvenile diabetes due to the frequency of diagnoses in adolescents, but the disease can arise at any age. When type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in childhood, it may be due to these characteristic signs noticed by parents as their child gets older.

    Trouble Gaining Weight

    Older children who develop type 1 diabetes may begin to lose weight unexpectedly, while younger patients might not be growing at a normal rate even with a healthy appetite. Children with type 1 diabetes struggle with staying in a normal weight range because their bodies begin to break down muscle tissue to make up for lost energy that is not being broken down from food sources.

    Abnormal Thirst

    Diabetes can cause frequent urination as the kidneys recognize abnormally high glucose in the blood stream. As a result, children may be abnormally thirsty and need to drink a large volume of water to stay hydrated.

    Chronic Fatigue

    When the body cannot use glucose properly, a child may become frequently tired and have trouble focusing. Even children who get the recommended amount of sleep each night may often feel tired and worn out as type 1 diabetes develops.

    New Health Issues

    Sometimes the signs for type 1 diabetes may be general signals that something is wrong. For example, if a young girl has a vaginal yeast infection before reaching puberty, she may have type 1 diabetes.

    For diabetes education and emergency care to manage sudden diabetes complications or warning signs, you can trust the caring staff of Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We are available through our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 259-4000, or you can reach us on our website for a closer look at our services. 

  • Steps for Staying Fit and Healthy This Holiday Season

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    During the winter, it may be easy to gain a few pounds and relax on your fitness routine as you get into the holiday spirit. Many people tend to rely on their New Year’s resolutions to get back on track with their health after a heavy holiday season, but it is much better for your body to maintain a healthier routine through the wintertime and avoid the weight gain altogether. You do not have to give up all the foods you love or spend most of your time in the gym, but there are some helpful ways you can make sure that you do not lose progress while still enjoying the season.

    Use Shorter Workout Routines

    If your schedule is busy and you are not able to maintain the same hour-long workout that you enjoy through the spring and summer, try a higher-intensity routine that only takes 10-15 minutes of your day. Getting your heart rate up and toning your muscles—even for just a short period—will help you stay in better shape and be able to enjoy some of your favorite holiday treats.

    Plan Meals with Healthier Ingredients

    Winter is the season for heavy holiday meals and sweet treats, but you do not have to rely only on decadent ingredients to make your holiday celebrations come together. You might explore some of the seasonal produce available in the winter to discover new holiday flavors that are friendlier for your waistline.

    Involve the Whole Family

    Maintaining fitness goals on your own while surrounded by friends and family members throughout the holiday season can be an extra and unnecessary challenge. If you get the whole family involved and set goals together, you can have a network of support for your success so that you will not have to worry about losing extra weight during the New Year.

    For help staying on the right track with your health, you can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We can be reached 24/7 through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: What Are the First Signs of Alzheimer’s?

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    One of the largest misconceptions surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia is that these conditions are a normal part of the aging process. While older adults may have a slight decline in cognitive function or some lapses in memory, dementia is not something that all elderly individuals will face. With dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to recognize the signs early on, because damage done by this progressive disease cannot be reversed. Below you will get a look at some of the early indicators of Alzheimer’s that can help an elderly loved one receive care that may slow the progression of the disease.

    Disruptive memory loss

    A memory slip here and there is nothing to be alarmed about, but significant memory loss that disrupts daily life could be a serious concern. For example, if an elderly relative asks the same questions over and over or forgets information that was recently learned, there could be dementia present.

    Communication problems

    Any new communication difficulties such as forgotten words or trouble keeping up with a conversation can indicate dementia. You may not be able to separate the cause of these issues from problems like hearing loss, but any condition causing this type of communication difficultly should be addressed by a doctor.

    Poor judgment

    Some adults in early stages of Alzheimer’s may begin to pay less attention to their personal appearance or have trouble managing money. You should keep an eye out for these signs and consider monitoring bank activity to make sure that loved ones are not susceptible to scams targeted at elderly adults.

    Social isolation and loss of interest

    A lack of social engagement can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s, which will only continue to cause social withdrawal. Maintaining an active social life is a great way for adults to keep their minds engaged and sharp, so you may need to help elderly relatives find ways to interact with peers and spend more time with family.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a leader in neurological care in the Bay Area, and we can help you find the right care for a loved one showing the signs of dementia. Call us at (408) 259-4000 or visit our website to connect with a physician who can manage your care.

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