Craving Sugar? Grab Some Fresh Fruit

Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruitWe all have a sweet tooth. Yet if you’re like most Americans, the problem is that you yield to your sweet tooth far too often. The American Heart Association (AHA) says Americans take in an average of 22 teaspoons of refined sugar a day. That translates into 355 calories per day, far more than the AHA-recommended daily 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. And too much sugar can raise your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and even depression. Read More »

Improve Your Vascular Health – Quit Smoking

Still smoking? You're asking for troubleIn a very real sense, your arteries are the carriers of life. They transport oxygenated blood to your brain, your legs, your arms and every vital organ you have. You take care of your arteries, and they’ll take care of you. But if you smoke, you’re asking for trouble.

“Smoking is the No.1 reversible risk factor for atherosclerosis (where the artery wall thickens as the result of calcium or fat),” says Lehigh Valley Health Network vascular and endovascular surgeon David Winand, MD, with Peripheral Vascular Surgeons of LVPG. “There are several other risk factors, but this is one risk factor that’s within our control.” Read More »

Don’t Get Burned – Boost Your Sun IQ

Get Sun-Kissed SafelyRegardless of the season, your skin needs protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can burn and damage your skin. Over time, that sun-related damage can lead to the development of skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Surgical oncologist Rohit Sharma, MD, with Lehigh Valley Surgical Oncology, says there are basic things every person needs to do to limit his or her risk for skin damage from the sun. Read More »

Bring Back Red Rover, Tag and Red Light, Green Light

Old School GamingChildren spend so much time texting, watching TV and playing video games, they don’t get the exercise they need. If they only knew how much fun an old-fashioned game of kickball could be. Adam Paul, DO, has an idea. Show them.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatric gastroenterologist with Pediatric Specialists of the Lehigh Valley says, “Think about the games you enjoyed as a child and play them with your kids. Set up an obstacle course, shoot hoops, or play hide-and-seek. These games will catch on with your kids, bring the family together and give everyone the exercise they need. The first step is turning off the phones, TVs and computers.” Read More »

Get the Facts about HPV

HPV vaccine Healthy You TipThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all boys and girls ages 11 or 12 receive a preventive vaccine for HPV, a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers. Catch-up vaccines are recommended up to age 26 for people not vaccinated earlier. Yet less than one third of eligible U.S. women and only one tenth of eligible men have been vaccinated. Why the reluctance?

Misconception plays a role, says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologist Susan Haas, MD, PhD, with Bethlehem Gynecology Associates. “Some parents fear the vaccine implies consent for their children to engage in sexual activity,” Haas says. “The truth is those fears are unwarranted. Research shows no difference in sexual activity between those who are and are not vaccinated.” Read More »