Health News

Smoking can lead to hearing loss

quitsmokingAccording to a recent study by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, smokers are at a greater risk for hearing loss. Many cases of hearing loss are not reversible, so awareness and prevention are your best tools for taking care of your hearing. In addition to quitting smoking, experts suggest these tips to protect your hearing:

  • «  Avoid listening to music at high volume while wearing headphones.

  • Experts recommend listening to music at just 60 percent volume, as maximum volume can be higher than 100 decimals.
  • «  Distance yourself from noise.

  • Either avoid environments with high-decibel noise or bring earplugs when you know you’ll be in loud situations.

Experts offer tips to help you stand up for your health

stersExcessive sitting has been tied to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, spinal issues and muscle degeneration. Health care experts at tips to get on your feet:

  • «  Track your time.

    Figure out how long you sit each day and get up for a few minutes at least once an hour.

  • «  Stand and deliver.

  • Get a standing desk, or try standing while on the phone.

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Get fit in the Lowcountry

The website localraces.com is a great source of information about upcoming 5K and 10K races, marathons and triathlons on Hilton Head Island, in Bluffton and in Savannah. The site also lists cycling and adventure events, allowing users to get details, register and pay online. Pick an upcoming event and get started training today!

Red Cross planning local blood drives

redcrosThe American Red Cross has an urgent need for donations from all blood types. The process from the time you arrive until you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself takes about 8-10 minutes on average. Donors should be prepared to show a photo ID and, during a private interview, answer a few questions about their health history and places they’ve traveled. Donors will have their temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels checked. For more information about upcoming local blood drives, call 843-757-7437 or go to www.redcrossblood.org.

How heart smart are you?

heart-smartIf you’re like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for other folks. But heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. It is also a major cause of disability, according to the National Institutes of Health.

There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart itself. This is called coronary artery disease and happens slowly over time. It’s the major reason people have heart attacks.

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Extreme obesity rising at an alarming rate

Extreme-obesityOver the past decade, we’ve had a mind-boggling increase in what is fast emerging as the most serious and costly health problem in the U.S.: morbid obesity. About 35 percent or 72 million American adults are obese, and of that number, 7 million adults are morbidly obese, a health condition which substantially raises the risk of mortality (death) and morbidity (chronic disease).

The rate of obesity has increased by almost 25 percent but the rate of morbid obesity has grown even faster: people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 increased by 50 percent. Perhaps most alarmingly, people with a BMI over 50—extreme obesity—grew by 75 percent, three times faster than the rate of obesity. Our children are not immune from the epidemic; we’ve seen a 300 percent increase in overweight children. Obesity-conditions are the fastest growing cause of death, and the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

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Simple Changes For Lifelong Health

nutrient-rich-foodsThe journey to lifelong health starts with but one small step – and then one leads to another. A positive change here, an unhealthy habit dropped there, and before you know it, you’re travelling down a healthier path.

That’s how it should be. Radical overhaul is overwhelming, but small, simple changes are oh-so doable. These are a few of our favorite ways to ease into health. Start with one. When you see what a big impact a humble change can make, you might be ready to tackle the whole list. After all, it’s the little things, right? (more…)

Saving your skin from the Island sun

Visiting an island with a bright blue sky and world-class beaches can lead to irrational decision-making. Like going outside unprotected from the sun.

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Summer on Hilton Head Island is ideal for swimming, boating, golfing, riding bicycles and horses, fishing and frolicking in the surf. But even a few minutes of the island’s sun can cause skin damage.

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