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Probiotics: Your Guide to Gut Health

Balance is everything, and probiotics help to improve the balance of your gut.

Top 8 Preventable Men’s Health Concerns

When it comes to motor vehicles, household structures, and lawn care, men typically lead the charge for routine maintenance. They realize that in these instances, a small amount of consistent effort helps avoid any larger issues from occurring. Sometimes I wonder why those who diligently perform oil changes and system checks on their vehicles don’t provide their bodies with the same level of upkeep. After all, routine maintenance is the key to keeping vehicles, and bodies, running better for longer.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, I’m covering eight men’s health concerns that, with a little elbow grease, can be prevented or alleviated.  

Enjoy New Year’s with Low-Calorie Cocktails

When individuals and families plan New Year’s celebrations, the list of supplies almost always includes some alcoholic beverages. Whether it’s just a few bottles of champagne or several bottles of liquor with additional mixers, a New Year’s party is often a diet buster.

We are increasingly aware of our calorie intake on a daily basis, and the role it plays in their overall weight and health. So, as you prepare for a party at the end of the year, how can you avoid busting your caloric intake while enjoying a few adult beverages?

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Sun Safety Week: 10 Tips for Preventing Damage

Summer is finally here and boy, are we welcoming the warmer weather with open arms. While we encourage you to get out and make the most of the sunny weather, it’s important to take some precautionary steps in protecting your body from the potential damage of ultraviolet (UV) rays. The American Cancer Society suggests the “Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!” rule – “Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a Hat, Wrap on sunglasses”. In spirit of National Sun Safety Week, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our own tips for protecting yourself against sun damage.

4 Necessary Steps for Reducing Risk of Men's Health Issues

At every stage of life, women are healthier than men – it’s that simple. On average, men will die up to five years earlier than women; they lead in all of the top 15 causes of death besides Alzheimer’s, and see physicians far less often than women do.

June officially became Men’s Health Month in May of 1994. Since then, this educational and congressionally supported program’s efforts have continued to raise awareness across the country. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

The health of our patients and community is always a priority at Williams Integracare, and Men’s Health, while sometimes more difficult to talk about, is certainly no exception. Read on to learn 4 steps to reduce the risk of potential men’s health issues.


#1: LEARN YOUR FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY

Your health is strongly related to the health of the generations before you. Family history is one of the most powerful tools you can use to equip yourself when it comes to fully understanding your health. It is a good idea to have some sort of record of your family health history for you (and your doctor’s!) reference.

It may be a tricky subject to bring up to your parents, grandparents and relatives, but the sooner you ask, the better. If you’re able to gather information from a variety of family members you’ll be able to get a better idea of what health issues you may be at risk for. You can begin to be proactive in fighting any illness or disease that runs in your family by learning the history, the causes and prevention methods.

The more openly you talk about health issues, the better off your whole family is. It may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but you and your family (both older and younger) will feel better having discussed it – and improve your likelihood of improved health and disease prevention.


5 Flu Symptoms You Need to Watch For and How to Treat Them

It's the middle of winter which means we are about half way through flu season. Cold temperatures aren’t believed to cause the flu, but we may see an increase in flu cases during the winter because we stay indoors more where germs are more prevalent. The flu (or formally, influenza) is the name for a collection of air-borne viruses that cause a contagious respiratory infection. Although there is no cure for the flu, it's important to recognize it’s symptoms so you can ease your pain and prevent spreading the disease to your family members and co-workers.

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Is His Prostate Health a Concern of Yours?

Many people don't know what the prostate is or what it does, despite its importance. It is a gland about the size of a walnut surrounding the urethra and contributes to semen production; it is considered part of the reproduction system. Its location is just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate health should be a concern for all males and the women in their lives when he starts approaching middle age. There are several reasons to be concerned about prostate health if a man is 40 or older.