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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Ovarian CancerOne in every 71; the number of women that will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

15,000; the number of woman who will die from ovarian cancer this year.

LA Medical is interested in the total health of our customers.  September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we want to raise awareness of this deadly female cancer.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers, affecting almost 23,000 women every year. Of those 23,000 diagnosed with ovarian cancer, approximately 15,000 women die from the disease.

Ovarian cancer affects women in a wide age range, normally from age 35-74. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of all cancer-related deaths.  One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a high mortality rate is that most of the cases are diagnosed in their later stages. The cancer has often spread or is beyond a cure at that point. The key to higher survival rates of ovarian cancer early detection, but sadly only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage, many by accident.  If the caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate is usually as low as around 30%.

On the flip side, if this cancer is diagnosed and treated early, and if the cancer is confined to the ovary, the survival rate is over 90 percent for 5 years.

Where some cancers are detectable by look (skin cancer) or touch (breast cancer) there are no early detection tests or self-exam tests for ovarian cancer and even the symptoms are very subtle. Even the traditional PAP tests women take do not detect ovarian cancer.  Some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating swelling or pressure of the abdomen, pelvic pain, persistent gas or indigestion and unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.

If you or someone you love is suffering with ovarian cancer or recovering from treatment of the disease and would benefit from a wheelchair, a hospital bed or other home medical product, see LA Medical today.

 

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthMore than 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer this year. That is comparable to half of the population of San Clemente dying in one year. All total, 217,730 men will learn they have prostate cancer this year. That’s more than double the population of the whole city of Inglewood.

The American Cancer Society recognizes September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to this killer of men.  Are you aware of your prostate cancer risk or the risk to a man in your life? Prostate cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages, which makes early detection through screening more important. Here are some facts from your friends in the home medical equipment business, LA Medical.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Skin cancer is the most common.

African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer diagnosis and death than men of all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

Almost one third of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men during their prime years of ages 50 to 65.

One in every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime

One in every 34 men will die of prostate cancer.

There are more than 2 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States.

The 5-year survival rate is close to 100% when prostate cancer is detected during these earliest stages.

For a man over 50 (or an African American man over 45) getting screened for prostate cancer should not be an “if”; it needs to be a “when and a how often”. As the statistics show, prostate cancer is highly treatable and has a very high survival rate when diagnosed early.

Cancer treatment can be difficult. LA Medical carries a full-line of home medical and personal care equipment to make cancer treatment easier and more comfortable. From bath safety equipment to wheelchairs, let LA Medical help you today.

Family Health & Fitness Day

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Family Health and Fitness DayThe family that plays together stays together and is healthier too! The 17th annual Family Health and Fitness Day is held on the last Saturday of September, this year on September 28. The purpose of this day is to promote family involvement in physical activity. “Family involvement” doesn’t mean parents sending the kids to play while they watch TV or parents going to play racquetball while the kids play video games. This event is designed to promote fitness on the family level.

The health experts at LA Medical are alarmed that recent studies show that nearly 2/3 of all American adults and 1/3 of adolescents are overweight. Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Our selection and requests for bariatric walkers, wheelchairs and bathroom safety equipment has never been higher.

Studies show that overweight and obese children and young adults have increased risk factors for cardiovascular/heart related diseases including high cholesterol and high blood pressure which lead to organ damage and many other problems.  One study found that 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This would have been unheard off even thirty years ago.

Overweight and obese adolescents are more likely to joint problems and have pre-diabetes which puts them and greater risk for full-blown diabetes later in life.

Make this the year to start turning things around in your family. Whether you have small children, teenagers or even grandchildren, make better fitness a goal for all of you and make now the time to start.

Find activities that you can all do together beyond going out for dinner or watching TV. Riding bikes, hiking, swimming, walking, softball or kickball are all great family activities that promote fitness in fun ways. Your kids won’t do what you refuse to do, so lead the way!

Watch what you eat and what the kids are eating too. Look in your refrigerator and cupboards. Are they full of empty calories, fats and sugar?  As the person buying and paying for the food your kids eat, you set the tone for the family diet; set a good one.

 

Healthy Aging- What it Means to You

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Healthy AgingSeptember is Healthy Aging Month. This is a great time to take a good look at how you are aging and what you can do to take more control of your health and your future.

We all age; some of us age better or slower than others, some age longer than others and we all know someone who doesn’t seem to age at all. What about you?  LA Medical works with people of all ages and health types. We have manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and hundreds of other products for people who are either recovering from or living with an illness or injury, or simply need assistance as they age. We know that every person has different needs, and that’s why we’re here.

How can we assist with your healthy aging? Here are some ideas:

The best way to keep your mind sharp and keep dementia at bay is by keeping your mind active. Consider taking a class or go back to school.  Many local community colleges offer classes on hundreds of different subjects and interests. Choose from classes on anything from painting, pottery, photography, cooking, basket weaving, you name it, it’s out there!

Check with your local County Extension office. Every county has one and they are a wealth of information and classes, many of which are either free or very affordable. Call them or search online.

Consider taking college courses. Non-traditional student numbers are growing on campuses across the country. These more experienced students are prized by teachers for the better attitudes, love of learning and input they offer in class. Many courses are offered at night and online that accommodate busy schedules or people who may have problems with mobility.

Shut off the TV! TV is a passive activity that has been proven to actually dull our brains. Try reading a book, doing puzzles, gardening, going to hear a lecture or even listening to books on tape instead. It’s okay to have some TV in your life (news and educational programs) but watching mind numbing programs is not good for the brain…or anything else. LA Medical wants you to stay age healthy!

National Women’s Fitness Day – Part 2

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

National Women’s Fitness Day is Wednesday, September 25 to promote the fitness and health of women everywhere. The health and home medical equipment experts at LA Medical talk about health with customers all day. Many times people are talking to us because their health has taken a turn for the worse and they need the products we carry to make up for those losses.

LA Medical wants to do more than provide the walkers, wheelchairs and other equipment that our customers need; we want to keep you educated on better health.

The obesity epidemic is on the rise all over our state and the whole country. While being a few pounds overweight may not mean you are not fit, gaining too much weight without an increase in muscle can lead to a lower fitness level and many other health issues.

So what can you do to maintain or increase your own fitness level?

Get a physical. Talk to your doctor and get a baseline of your health. Simple blood tests can tell you about your cholesterol, blood sugars, diabetes risk and many other risks. They can check your BMI/weight body mass index, your blood pressure and overall functioning. These numbers will be helpful in the months and years to come as you (hopefully) get them to better results.

How will you achieve those results?

Find healthy activities that you will enjoy enough to keep doing them.

What activities would you like to do that you have never tried? Tennis or golf? What about hiking or water aerobics? This is your chance.

Start small. Set a few reasonable and manageable goals. Write them down. “I will walk 3 days per week for 30 minutes,” “I will not eat anything after 7pm each night,” “I will watch no more than one hour of TV per night.” You pick what will work for you, but keep it reasonable. Don’t swear off sweets forever and plan to walk 7 days a week; that will set you up for failure.

Take the first step to better fitness today; LA Medical is behind you all the way!

Women's Fitness 2

National Women’s Fitness Day- Part 1

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

National Women's Fitness Day 1What does “fitness” mean to you? Would you consider yourself a fit person?  National Women’s Fitness Day is Wednesday, September 25. Many communities having programs and classes about women’s fitness to inform women about fitness and offer options to get more fit. What is happening in your community?  What about in your workplace or neighborhood? What about in your house? In other words, what are you doing about your own fitness?

LA Medical does more than sell bath safety and incontinence supplies; we care for the whole person and their health.

Fitness level and fitness goals are going to be different for every woman at every age.

As a younger person, fitness may be all about looking good in jeans or a bathing suit. That really isn’t true fitness, that’s more about appearance.

As start a family, fitness may be about keeping up with active toddlers and children.

In middle-age it can mean getting through the work day without being tired and with enough stamina to get it all done.

In our older years, fitness may mean being able to enjoy our retirement years and the activities we enjoy successfully and safely.

Women also start to lose bone density after age 40 and it worsens as they age. This loss of fitness and bone density can result in dangerous falls.  A broken hip is a common concern for older women and can be greatly avoided by an increase in a person’s fitness.

Being thin does not equal being fit nor does been a few pounds overweight or having a larger body type mean that you are not fit. Fitness is truly having the strength and energy to get through the activities you need to everyday and being able to recover from strenuous activities successfully.

What are some ways that you can increase your fitness at any age and at any level? LA Medical will have some common sense tips and tricks next time.

Cholesterol Education Month – Part 2

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cholesterol Body FatSeptember is Cholesterol Education Month and LA Medical wants to educate all of our customers about the good, bad and ugly of cholesterol and how it affects your health.

Obesity and high cholesterol are a large and growing in this country. How many Americans have high LDL cholesterol?  Experts tell us that an adult’s total cholesterol should be less than 170 mg/dL. But more than 102 million of American adults have cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL.  More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, sometime much, much higher.

How do you know if you have high cholesterol? High cholesterol usually doesn’t have any signs or symptoms. The only way to know your cholesterol levels is with a blood test. Your doctor can draw blood during physical and run tests.  Treating your cholesterol is even more important if you have other cardiovascular risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking. The can send you the results or consult with you about the numbers.

If you diagnosed with high cholesterol, the doctor may have several different treatments and suggestions for you to lower your numbers and your risk.

Medication. There are many approved drugs on the market hat can help lower your cholesterol. Talk to your doctor.

Lose weight. It may not cure the problem, but it can’t hurt.

Change your diet. Eat less bad things and more good things. Less fat in your diet means less fat in your blood and your clothes!

Fiber. It’s natures broom and acts like a sponge to absorb the bad fats. Eat more fiber.

Stop smoking. That will help every part of your health and body.

Get moving. Exercise is a simple way to reduce your “bad cholesterol” and raise your “good cholesterol.”

Take control of your heart health during Cholesterol Education Month and see LA Medical for all of your wheelchair and mobility scooter needs.

Cholesterol Education Month – Part 1

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cholesterol Numbers

Two out of three adults in this country have high cholesterol. It’s Cholesterol Education Month and LA Medical wants everyone to be aware of their cholesterol numbers and know what they can do about them.

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a naturally occurring waxy, fat-like substance that your body uses as a source of energy.  Cholesterol is also a storage unit for energy. Fat/cholesterol helps to  regulate cell membranes and helps regulate what is going into and going out of your body’s cells. Your body uses cholesterol to make and regulate many important substances including estrogen and testosterone and vitamin D. So yes, your body needs some cholesterol and a healthy type of  cholesterol, but it’ all about having the right amount of the right kind.

LDL versus HDL; what is the difference and what you need to know? When people talk about having high cholesterol, they are usually referring to having or high LDL. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is the “bad” cholesterol.  Having a high LDL level can cause fats to build up on the walls of your arteries restricting blood flow and leading to heart disease and stroke. We hear a lot about these to health problems being a large and still growing problem in our country and they are some of the biggest cause of death and disability for both men and women.

LDL is different from HDL. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is the “good” cholesterol. HDL are microscopic blobs in the bloodstream that cruise the bloodstream like a little janitor removing harmful bad cholesterol from where it doesn’t belong.  Those little HDL janitors take the bad cholesterol to our body’s recycling center (the liver) here it can be processed and dispose of. Here’s the kicker, while higher HDL levels reduce the risk for heart disease, having low HDL levels and high LDL levels increase the risk of heart issues.

We’ll have more about this important subject next time. See LA Medical for a full-line of medical products and daily living supplies.