3 Female Doctors Share Talking Points From Johns Hopkins Medicine's Event In West Palm Beach

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May 2016 Also on Digital Edition

Three doctors who participated in Johns Hopkins Medicine’s “A Woman’s Journey” in West Palm Beach share their talking points.

Dr. Redonda Miller: Just What the Doctor Ordered

• Check with your health insurer, as they now cover most preventive health screenings and immunizations costs.

• Screening procedures are important for detection of breast, colon and lung cancers and management of cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. 

• To help prevent cardiovascular disease, women should perform moderate physical activity for 150 minutes per week, vigorous exercise for 75 minutes per week and resistance [strength] training to add to the benefits of aerobic exercise.

• Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep each night to reduce risks of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, depression and decreased immune function.  

• There are no clear benefits to many vitamins and supplements in healthy people who eat a balanced diet. In fact, fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K can be toxic at high doses.

 

Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine: The Role of Inflammation in Disease  

• The cardinal signs of inflammation, which starts with cell damage, include heat, pain, swelling and redness, fever, chills, fatigue and headaches. There is evidence that inflammation plays a role in chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and others.

• Internal inflammation can be difficult to detect. Available tests include SED and C-Reactive Protein, which must be used judiciously.

• Strategies to prevent and treat inflammation focus on modifying behavior, including:

o    Medicines [Cox-2 inhibitors, aspirin, Statins, Niacin]

o    An anti-inflammatory diet including fatty fish, turmeric, whole grains, dark leafy greens, nuts, garlic and onions, soy, yogurt, peppers, tomatoes, beets, olive oil, berries, tart cherries and ginger.

o    Weight control

o    Stress reduction

o    Exercise

 

Dr. Karen Swartz: Love and Forgiveness 

• Personality style, past experiences and intensity of the relationship all influence one’s reaction to an event.

• Forgiveness is a process that has many potential benefits for the person choosing to forgive, including reduced blood pressure, improved immune response, and reduction in anxiety and depression.


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