The Role Of Inflammation In Disease And Other Medical Tips From Doctors Who Participated In 'A Woman's Journey' Event

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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