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    How to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You Have Diabetes

    Last updated 7 months ago

    From Halloween to New Year’s, living with diabetes can be exceptionally challenging as the preferred cuisine of the season is rich and decadent foods that are not ideal for maintaining stable blood sugar levels. The holiday season also tends to be a period of reduced physical activity and weight gain. This means that you might have to dodge some serious landmines that could throw your diabetes management off track. Here is a quick guide to help you enjoy the holiday season and stay healthy when you have diabetes.

    Track What You Eat and Drink

    It can be easy to mindlessly snack on cookies, cakes, and other holiday baked goods, so tracking your food is an important step for keeping your weight and blood sugar in check. There are a handful of free apps you can download to easily track what you eat, or you can simply write down a food log in a notebook to be more aware of what you’re eating. You won’t want to forget to record what you drink as well, since egg nog, champagne, and mulled wine are all popular beverages for the season that can spike your blood sugar.

    Plan Activities That Are Not Related to Food

    Many holiday events revolve around food, which means you may need to get creative with your holiday planning. For example, going dancing on New Year’s Eve might keep you active and help you limit the number of drinks you consume for the evening.

    Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand

    When you are headed to an event that will be filled with unhealthy foods, you can prepare by snacking on something healthier so that you do not go in with a huge appetite. You might keep a stash of healthy, non-perishable snacks in your desk at work or in your car so that you are always ready with a quick fix.

    At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, we empower our patients to live healthier with diabetes by offering free classes in medication management, proper nutrition, and physical activity. You can enroll in these classes on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. 

    Exploring the New Vision Medical Stabilization Program at Sunrise Hospital

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Drug and alcohol abuse often co-exist with other medical problems—most frequently behavioral issues such as depression and bipolar disorder—so medically supervised treatment programs are usually the most effective pathways to clean living. At Sunrise Hospital, we provide care beginning with inpatient stabilization that can ease withdrawal symptoms and establish guidelines for further treatment.

    New Vision features a full team of specialists who supervise patients throughout a three-day medical stabilization program, which includes pre-screening, assessment, admission, and discharge planning. Only a licensed physician can diagnose the need for inpatient admission, which is covered by most major insurance plans.

    If you or a loved one is experiencing medical problems related to substance abuse, the New Vision Program may be the first step on the road to recovery. You can find more details about this program at our website or by calling (702) 233-5300 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    Knowing How to Stay Fit When You Travel

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Whether you are traveling for the holidays or your job requires you to be away from home, you might find it harder to stay in shape without a consistent workout venue that you can rely on. However, exercise is still important to your health, so you will want to know how you can stay in shape when you are on the road. The following tips can help you maintain your fitness through your holiday travels so that you do not fall into a pattern of winter weight gain.

    Use Body-Weight Exercises

    You do not need a lot of space or equipment to get a great workout in when you have limited resources during travel. With simple body-weight resistance exercises like push-ups and crunches mixed with cardio like jumping jacks, you can get your heart rate up and effectively tone your muscles anywhere.

    Book Accommodations with Fitness Centers on-Site

    If you are not motivated to mix up your workout routine, you might spend more time looking at the amenities of hotels before booking a room. Choosing a hotel with a fitness center or pool might inspire you to exercise while you are away from home so that you don’t have a lapse in your gym routine.

    Book Accommodations with Fitness Centers on-Site

    Staying with family during the holidays can be exhausting, so use your fitness as an excuse to get away for some alone time with a jog or walk around the local park. You might also explore new areas when you travel by walking or renting a bike instead of driving.

    If you need extra motivation to maintain your fitness and manage your health from a preventive angle, connect with Sunrise Hospital to explore our H2U program. You can explore all of our services offered in Las Vegas on our website, or speak with one of our registered nurses by calling (702) 233-5300. 

    Understanding Your Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Last updated 7 months ago

    After a lung cancer diagnosis, there are many steps you may need to take to understand your diagnosis and begin to cope emotionally. Initial feelings from a diagnosis may be shock and feelings of grief or loss. From here, patients may need to work through many different emotional states that are normal in the process of accepting their diagnosis. This video offers some perspective on these stages of coping with lung cancer, which lead to acceptance and a drive to seek treatment and take charge of cancer care.

    The oncology department at Sunrise Hospital offers a new level of cancer care for patients in the Las Vegas area. For a look at the role we can play in your lung cancer care, visit our website or call us at (702) 233-5300.

    What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    There is a long list of dietary supplements that are available through pharmacies, supermarkets, and online retailers. While some of these supplements may be highly beneficial for some people, others could actually pose significant risks for patients.

    This video discusses some of the primary concerns when it comes to dietary supplements, along with the ways that you can stay safe using various supplements. The best strategy is to ask your doctor before taking any supplement—even if it is just a vitamin or natural herbal blend. Supplements can interact with certain medications, so you will always want to check before you mix them.

    For help deciding which dietary supplements may be right for you, call Sunrise Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300. We can provide answers to your health questions and help you connect with physicians at our hospital for specialized care

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