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If you have diabetes, you’re not alone. One in ten Yavapai County residents live with the condition. And while men are more likely than women to have type 2 diabetes, women with the condition experience more serious complications. They also face a greater risk of death.
“Type 2 diabetes happens when the body is unable to properly use insulin,” said Andrea Klein, RN, BSN, CDCES, CCRP, Director of Preventive Medicine and Wellness, Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “Women with type 2 diabetes experience very specific symptoms. It’s important to know those symptoms and see your health care provider immediately if you’re experiencing any of them.”
I get a lot of questions about hormone health, and it’s put me on a mission to educate as many women as I can about their hormones.
The one thing that is essential to know about hormone balance is this: you’ll never achieve hormone harmony if your cells aren’t healthy.
Our hormones work and flow together like a symphony: some crescendo while others fall, only to rise again in their own rhythm and pattern. The overall effect can be beautiful harmony, or a jarring mess.
Those who practice yoga in Prescott have likely heard of or taken a class at BEND Hot Yoga. In its two studio spaces at 434 W. Goodwin Street, BEND offers a comprehensive collection of more than 45 classes per week, including Hot Yoga, Non-Heated Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Seniors, Aerial Yoga, Pilates, Hot HIIT, and more. Since 2012, the team at BEND has proudly provided wellness, support, and strength to the Prescott community. Team members are passionate about cultivating the highest quality, safest, and cleanest space for their diverse and dynamic schedule of classes.
JoAnn spends every weekend possible hiking. She’s trekked the Grand Canyon five times and has explored hiking trails throughout Arizona. That’s why she was surprised when a bone density scan revealed she had osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss and can lead to fractures.
“I was running, hiking, walking, and eating high-calcium foods and I still had bone loss,” she said.
JoAnn is among 54 million Americans who have osteoporosis or low bone mass, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). To help Yavapai County residents, Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) offers dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This simple, painless exam measures bone density and is available in two locations:
Healthy blood sugar levels are so essential to weight loss. Inside RESTORE, we use CGMs (continuous glucose monitors) to provide women real-time feedback on what’s happening with their blood sugar, so they can identify and repair the causes for high blood sugar. Healthy blood sugar levels are necessary for weight loss, because lowering a high blood sugar level unlocks your fat-burning potential.
Leanne Shearer believes she’s exactly where she is supposed to be, doing what she’s supposed to do: helping people change the trajectory of their lives.
“I show people how powerful they are,” said the lifestyle coach, who owns Anytime Fitness with her husband, “and how much information they have in their own bodies to find answers to perplexing challenges.”
To deliver her message to a broader audience, this past fall Leanne launched Undone + Uncensored, “a no-BS podcast that unravels life’s most complex issues.”
Like every part of your body, your brain responds to healthy behaviors, according to Christina Gettens, DNP, AGNP-C, Dementia Care Specialist at Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG), Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program.
Now is a good time to talk about brain-healthy behaviors since June – Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – will be here soon. Let’s get ready by taking a look at seven ways Gettens says you can love your brain.
Dr. Moualla joined YRMC’s James Family Heart Center in 2017 to oversee the Structural Heart Program, which had started the previous year. Among her first major initiatives: the expansion of the Heart Center’s successful Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program. Dr. Moualla also helped implement processes to identify patients with valvular heart disease early and expedite the delivery of state-of-the-art treatment by the heart team. All of this, she said, was accomplished with the collaboration of the cardiothoracic surgical team, other cardiologists, primary care physicians, and inpatient hospitalists.
It’s a common question doctors hear from patients: “I’m taking thyroid medication, but I’m still not losing weight. What’s going on?”
Weight loss isn’t just about your thyroid. The thyroid is actually the tip of the hormonal iceberg; many different hormones regulate our weight. When hormones are imbalanced, you won’t lose weight — even with thyroid medication. That’s because the real cause of your weight gain is completely missed.
Those who experience trauma or abuse often form subconscious beliefs that they’re not worthy or not good enough, or they deserve bad things. These “inner bully” beliefs can cause people to develop unhealthy patterns such as unhealthy food choices, substance abuse (or consistent overindulgence), abusive relationships, or perfectionism.
Jen Martin is a master of movement, transitioning from one skill to the next with the grace and fluidity earned after years of dance training. She is strong and elegant, creative and artistic.
And she accomplishes all this while suspended in the air on one of several different apparatus.
There’s more to spider veins and varicose veins than meets the eye, especially if your lower legs swell after a long day on your feet. And while elevating your legs or getting a good night’s sleep may reduce the swelling, it doesn’t address the cause.