Monthly Archives: October 2013

Handling Holiday Stress

Stress01Between the travel, the tradition, the food, and the extensive family time, the holiday season can make anyone’s stress levels rise. Year after year, people tend to drag themselves through the holidays, cherishing the end of the festivities almost as much as the start. In my practice, I have seen firsthand how stress can cause problems in every area of one’s life.

Beyond mental and emotional turmoil, stress also causes health problems for your body. In high-stress situations, the body is put into its natural “fight or flight” state. This can cause many of the problems associated with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and digestive issues.

Physical Symptoms of Too Much Stress

  • Change in Appetite/
  • Weight Change
  • Increased Drug, Alcohol,
  • Tobacco Use
  • Digestive Upsets
  • Pounding Heart
  • Frequent Colds
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Rash

Click here to learn more about how anxiety and stress effect your body.

Clearly, reducing stress is a necessity, especially during the holidays. But…

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 How Do You Handle Stress?

One of the most important things you can do to reduce stress any time of year is to take care of your body. This includes eating right, despite that delicious but deadly holiday spread, and getting exercise.

When those stressful feelings start to wash over you, try not to fight them. Avoid overeating and heavy drinking, and accept how you’re feeling, take a deep breath, and let those stressful feelings go. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

Financial strain can be a source of stress for adults during the holidays. Developing a budget for the season and sticking to it is one excellent way to prevent unnecessary stress.

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Most importantly, do the things you enjoy. The holidays are supposed to be your time to enjoy life, friends, and family. Making the best out of every minute is the surest way to avoid being overstressed.

 

 

Click here to see tips on holiday stress management from the Cleveland Clinic

Even more holiday stress management techniques from the Mayo Clinic

 As you prepare for this upcoming holiday season, remember that stress in not inevitable. Take the time to monitor your stress levels through the holidays, and take care of yourself. Your mind and body will surely thank you.

Best wishes for happy and healthy holidays,

Dr. Johnson

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a growing cause of concern for both older men and women. While you may have heard of the disease, not everyone knows just what osteoporosis is, or what to do about it. In this month’s blog, I will explain the nature of osteoporosis and detail the screening, diagnosis, and treatment needed to deal with the disease.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis 1Osteoporosis causes one’s bones to become fragile and brittle, making it easier to suffer broken bones.  When one’s body fails to form enough new bone, when too much existing bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both, the bones become fragile and osteoporosis sets in. This disease is especially prevalent in older women. Studies from the International Osteoporosis Foundation show that Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.

The reduction of estrogen that occurs in a woman’s body during menopause is directly related to the development of osteoporosis.

Read more about menopausal osteoporosis

This disease affects men too, especially those with a history of calcium related disorders, smoking, and alcohol abuse.

Click here for Osteoporosis Information from PubMed Health

Osteoporosis is common! Check out these Osteoporosis statistics from cdc.gov:

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Click here to see new Osteoporosis statistics findings from the National Osteoporosis Foundation

What To Do About Osteoporosis

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening for Osteoporosis in women aged 65 years or older. Your doctor can give you an Osteoporosis screening with a bone mineral density scan, or take an x-ray to determine the extent of Osteoporosis damage.

Those diagnosed with Osteoporosis can benefit from regular diet and exercise and taking calcium and vitamin D. Osteoporosis treatment may include the prescription of certain medicines like bisphosphonates and estrogens.

Some patients even benefit from balance training practices such as tai chi and yoga.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has a wealth of information about the disease for people of all ages. Click here to check it out!

Strong bones, happy life

While Osteoporosis usually affects people later in life, taking the right actions now can significantly reduce your risk of developing the disease. Regular exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, and avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol in excess can all help you prevent Osteoporosis.

Take care of your bones, and your bones will take care of you.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy life,

Dr. Johnson