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How Does Diabetes Affect Your Mood?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 15, 2017 8:13:32 PM

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and about 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed every year. Diabetes basically means having too much glucose in the blood. Glucose fuels your brain and muscles, but an excess of it can lead to serious health problems.

Diabetes not only affects your body, it also affects your mind and mood. Here’s why, and what you can to do maintain positive mental health with diabetes.

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Topics: Diabetes

Am I Too Young to Have Arthritis?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 9, 2017 10:49:18 AM

Younger people with joint pain, swelling, or stiffness often dismiss arthritis as a cause. After all, arthritis is for old people, right?

Not at all. About 7% of doctor-diagnosed arthritis cases are in people 18 to 44. There’s even a juvenile form that occurs in children less than 16 years old. 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of it.

Only a doctor can tell you for sure whether you have arthritis, but here are some things to keep in mind.

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Topics: Primary Care

7 Common Myths About Hypertension

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 2, 2017 11:17:19 AM

When your blood pressure stays high for too long, you have hypertension. It can be the result of excess salt, smoking, drinking, obesity, or a combination of factors. Or, as unfair as it is, you might have just inherited high blood pressure.

Hypertension is surrounded by myths and misunderstandings. You may hear all kinds of advice from well-meaning friends and family. Let’s sort through some common myths, so you can make health decisions based on the facts.

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Topics: Primary Care, Hypertension

Best Running Trails and Routes in Johnson County

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 19, 2017 3:45:00 PM

Are you thinking about running to get into shape this fall? Or maybe you are looking for a change of scenery during your regular running routine. Today's post offers some insight into great running routes in Johnson County. 

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Topics: Sports

5 Most Common Questions About Sepsis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM

With more than 258,000 lives being lost per year, Sepsis ranks as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (after heart disease and cancer).

More than 1.6 million cases of sepsis every year and survivors often face long-term effects post-sepsis, including amputations, anxiety, memory loss, chronic pain and fatigue, and more. Almost 60 percent of sepsis survivors experience worsened cognitive (mental) and/or physical function.

Here are answers to the 5 most common questions about the condition, as provided by the public awareness group Sepsis Alliance:

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Topics: Sepsis

Answers to Questions About Your Pap Test

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 25, 2017 10:43:04 AM

The earlier cervical cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances are for a good outcome.

The most effective way to test for cervical cancer is a Pap test (also called a Pap smear). It can also reveal changes in your cervical cells that may turn into cancer later.

Here are some answers to common questions about the Pap test, provided by the American Cancer Society,  Women’s Health Magazine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

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Topics: Women's Health

That Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 19, 2017 5:31:20 PM

When you feel pain, your body is sending a signal – usually indicating something is not right.

When women feel pain in their pelvic area, they should heed the warning and see a doctor. One of the most common causes, Endometriosis, needs attention.

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Topics: Women's Health

Signs You are Experiencing Perimenopause

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 3, 2017 1:59:23 PM

Can we talk? The first reaction to the signs that women may be transitioning to menopause is as varied as the women experiencing it.

Emotions can range from sadness to happiness; from doubt to denial. This part of your life signaled the beginning of womanhood and has been a constant for decades. However, with the advent of time, your body is changing and it’s trying to tell you that.

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Topics: Women's Health

Early Prenatal Care Important for You and Baby

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 26, 2017 1:27:36 PM

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you need to understand the importance of your health.

Proper prenatal care not only protects your body, it helps your baby’s development throughout gestation.

Women’s Health Specialists recommend talking to your physician or a nurse about preparing for pregnancy. They say you should definitely get engaged in a prenatal care program once you become pregnant.

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Topics: Pregnancy

Prenatal Tests Help Take Care of You and Baby

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 19, 2017 9:45:24 AM

Learning that you are expecting is exciting. The anticipation of caring for a precious baby makes you happy.

Remember, though, your pregnancy is a wellness journey that requires constant attention. Taking care of yourself is the best way of taking care of your baby. To help your doctor and other healthcare providers know what’s happening, you should undergo prenatal testing.

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Topics: Birth, Pregnancy