Boost Your Mood
Feeling a little down these days? If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, you’ll be happy to know that regular exercise can help to reduce stress and improve your mood. That’s because exercising releases endorphins, which are chemicals that help us feel more positive.
You don’t have to tackle an intense workout to reap the mood benefits, either. Studies have shown mood-boosting benefits during all forms of exercise, even low-impact activities such as walking.
Reduce Health Risks
Whether you’re at risk for heart disease, diabetes, or high cholesterol, it’s good to know that something as simple as incorporating regular exercise into your routine every day could have a profound impact on your health and greatly reduce your risk. To reap these benefits, adults need to get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise a week to reduce their risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Enhance Focus and Concentration
Exercise is great for your brain and not just for its mood-enhancing properties. In fact, some studies suggest that regular exercise could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Exercises improve blood flow to the brain, which helps to develop new brain cells and may even help you feel more focused. If you’re struggling with brain fog and focus while sitting at your desk, incorporating even 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine could help shake those mental cobwebs.
Improve Your Energy
It seems that more and more people are turning to their doctors because they just don’t have the same get-up and go that they used to. If you don’t have the energy you used to, or if you feel tired more easily, you may be surprised to discover that exercise can actually improve your energy. How is this possible? First, the endorphins coursing through your body certainly have something to do with it. Second, the body produces more mitochondria when you’re active, which helps provide the body with the energy and fuel it needs.
If you’re just not sure exactly where to begin when it comes to exercising, your general medicine practitioner is the perfect medical professional to ask. They can provide you with tips, guidelines, and recommendations to make sure that you are getting the exercise you need that is also safe and most effective for you and your health needs.
To be fully screened against prostate cancer, your doctor will recommend both a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is a simple blood test. The blood test will look for higher levels of PSA within the bloodstream, which can be a sign of inflammation or damage to the prostate. A higher count of PSA does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it will require follow-up testing to find out why your PSA count is higher than normal.
Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is considered the most common form of cancer in US men. This is why it’s incredibly important that men get screened for prostate cancer starting at age 50. Since African American men have a 70 percent higher risk for developing prostate cancer than white men, they should talk to their general medicine practitioner about starting routine screenings by the age of 40.
Unfortunately, there are certain things that we wished we didn’t inherit. If cancer runs in your family, you could be at an increased risk. This is something that you need to discuss with your general medicine doctor at your next checkup.
My family has a history of cancer. Does this mean I’ll get cancer, too?
Not necessarily. While it’s true that genetics can play a role in what conditions or health problems you face throughout your lifetime, sometimes it’s certain habits and behaviors such as poor diet, not exercising, or smoking that are increasing your risk.
The good news is that while genetics cannot be changed, these bad behaviors can. Sometimes seeing the dangers of leading an unhealthy lifestyle through a family member who has developed cancer, can teach you a lot about the importance of quitting bad habits and leading a healthier lifestyle.
Cancer runs in my family. What can I do to protect myself?
Some people just assume that if cancer runs in their family that there isn’t much they can do to prevent it. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, seeing your general medicine doctor for regular screenings can also provide peace of mind. Screenings can also identify and detect cancer early when it is highly treatable.
Talk with your general doctor about your risk so that you can decide which tests are right for you. We can also work with you to create a healthy lifestyle to reduce bad behaviors and habits that could be increasing your risk.
While many factors can play a role in whether or not you develop cancer over your lifetime, you must talk with your general medical practitioner to discuss ways to reduce your risk.
- Children and teens under 16 years old
- Pregnant women
- People with a history of severe allergic reactions
You Need Two Doses
While the two COVID-19 vaccines have a high efficacy rate, patients of the trial did experience some side effects with the vaccine. Some of these side effects were similar to what you would experience with a cold or flu including,
- Muscle and joint aches
- Soreness at the injection site
The CDC will continue to update their site with valuable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. While it will take some time before the majority of the US is vaccinated, we understand that you may have questions, especially before getting vaccinated. Talk with your general medical practitioner today to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.
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