Sharp News, July 2017
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Summer eating tips for people with diabetes — Backyard barbecues, picnics and other summer spreads are a big part of summer fun, but if you have diabetes, you may feel left out because of dietary restrictions. Kendra Grinde-Busalacchi, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to talk about making good food choices to help people with diabetes manage their diets while still enjoying the party.
- Risk of gestational diabetes may increase during summer — According to a recent study held in Canada, women who are exposed to very high temperatures during pregnancy could be at risk for developing gestational diabetes, causing alarm for those who may be pregnant during the summer months. OBGYN Dr. Rick Chac is available to discuss the study, gestational diabetes and what pregnant women should be aware of this summer.
- Dangers of video gaming this summer — According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four out of every five American families own a device to play video games. While there are some benefits to gaming, there are a few ways parents can make sure their kids’ video game habits are enhancing their daily life rather than hindering it. With summer well underway and many children spending their time on digital devices, pediatrician Dr. Ahmad Bailony is available to discuss the risks associated with excessive video gaming.
- Teen driving distractions cause ‘100 deadliest days’ — In the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year. Researchers at AAA say this is because teens are out of school and spending more time on the road. Dr. Joe Bellezzo, chief of emergency medicine at Sharp Memorial Hospital, is available to give tips on helping your teen become a more attentive driver this summer.
National Trends Localized
- Coconut oil: worth the hype? — Coconut oil has grown in popularity in the last few years, credited with everything from healthier teeth to fighting Alzheimer's disease. However, a new report from the American Heart Association cautions against using coconut oil because of its high saturated fat levels. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about the nutritional facts on coconut oil.
- The link between weight and heart health — Obesity has doubled in more than 70 countries since 1980, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2015, close to 604 million adults were diagnosed as obese. Furthermore, high body mass index (BMI) was the cause of 4 million deaths worldwide and a majority of these deaths were due to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Jay Pandhi, a cardiologist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, is available for an interview about the importance of weight maintenance to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions.
- Lingering effects of stroke — Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and across Sharp HealthCare there is one new stroke patient every four to six hours. There are several manifestations of stroke and one of the most common is the communication disorder aphasia. Neurologist Dr. Jim Coskun is available to discuss signs and symptoms of both stroke and aphasia, and what you should do if you think a loved one has suffered a stroke.
Important Health Dates
- UV Safety Month — The skin is the body's largest organ protecting us against cold, heat, sunlight, injury and infection. This is why it is important to protect it against overexposure to sun that leads to skin cancer, eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots and wrinkles. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss tips on picking the right sunscreen, protecting your eyes and other ways to protect your skin this summer.
- Shuffle your way into a safe summer — California is home to many beautiful beaches that become quickly occupied by tourists, summer camps and locals during the summer season. But these beaches are also home to many sea creatures — including sting rays. Not only are they abundant in the summertime because of mating season, but they are also here to stay. Practicing precautionary tactics, such as the “sting-ray shuffle” is recommended. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about ways to protect yourself from stingray injuries and what to do if you get stung.
From Sharp Health News
- Marijuana and your heart — California is one of eight states where medical and recreational marijuana use is legal. Are users putting their heart health at risk? Here’s what we know now.
- 5 tips for exercising in the summer — Don’t let summer heat keep you from working out — here’s how to exercise safely.