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Common Health Questions

Jan 25, 2022 | Blog

Should I worry about my cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a necessary fat substance that helps our bodies build cells and make hormones. However, excess cholesterol can clog arteries and lead to heart disease. Elevated cholesterol can be caused by genetic history or diet – like too much red meat or fried foods. Keeping an eye on your cholesterol and checking with your provider can help ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Why do I need a yearly wellness exam?

Wellness exams help providers identify potential health issues and set you back on track toward a healthier lifestyle. Many diseases are preventable if detected at an early stage. By scheduling a yearly exam, your provider can keep an eye on your health and give you peace of mind about potential health problems.

Should I see my provider for a cold?

The common cold can get in the way of our daily routine, but when should you see your provider for it? Viruses cause colds, and there’s no treatment for viruses. However, there are over-the-counter medicines, like decongestants, that can provide relief from symptoms. If you develop a cough, high fever, or facial pain, schedule an appointment with your provider to ensure it’s not a more severe health issue.

Why can’t I sleep?

No matter how early we turn in, sometimes it can be hard to get the sleep we need. In order for our bodies to perform well, providers recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night. The most common reasons people can’t sleep are caffeine, nicotine, or certain medications. Eliminating caffeinated drinks after noon can be beneficial toward your sleep routine.

If eliminating the above doesn’t improve your sleep cycle, try a warm bath, lavender oil, or melatonin tablets to relieve stress before going to sleep.

What can I do to prevent cancer?

There’s no certain treatment to prevent cancer, but there are habits that increase your risk of cancer. Avoiding habits like smoking, which contains harmful chemicals, can reduce your risk for cancer. Taking care of your body and avoiding excess use of alcohol can also reduce your risk for cancer.

Should I take a multivitamin?

Most of us have a gap in our diet that vitamins can fill. Multivitamins, in particular, can improve memory and mood, decrease the risk for some diseases, boost your immunity, and more. If you don’t get enough nutrients from food alone, vitamins can be beneficial to your overall health.

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