Detecting Cancer Before It Strikes

As we all know cancer is a deadly force in this world.  It kills almost 8 million people every year.  It comes in various forms….bladder, prostate, breast, lung, skin, etc.  Chances are if you are reading this blog you know someone who has either had cancer or who has died of cancer.

We all long for the day when we can effectively rid this horrible disease from our world.  Until then we do the best we can with the technology and knowledge we have.  Some good news comes this week with the announcement of new sensors that lets doctors detect warning signs of cancer before a person even has it.

Scientist at Drexel University have discovered “diving board” sensors that help clinicians detect harmful toxins, bacteria, and types of cancer from simple blood and urine tests.  These tiny vibrating sensors give quick and accurate test of the DNA for suspect agents that could end up growing inside the individual.   The example given was that of catching a criminal with a fingerprint match rather than a mugshot.  We all know how accurate fingerprints can be when trying to identify someone.  In the same manner these tests can identify potentially harmful bacteria and cells.

To describe to you how this technology works would probably make you stop reading this blog post.  Just know that the technology is awesome.  It is very accurate and reliable.  It has already detected DNA indicators for prostate cancer in urine samples.  That is the good news.  We are on the verge of catching this deadly monster before it rears its ugly head.  The bad news is we are still 3-5 years away before this technology becomes commercially available.

In the meantime you can help yourself and your loved ones by getting regular checkups by a certified physician.  Remember early detection and prevention is half the battle.

If you need a family physician, feel free to give our office a call or book an appointment online
To Your Health

Dr. K Bennett

Can You Ask Your Spouse to Lose Weight?

Wow, do we dare talk about this subject?  This is a topic that can become highly explosive in a marriage.  When we get married, we are in love and desire physical intimacy with our spouses on a regular basis.  As life progresses, we get busy, have kids, get promotions, and seemingly have less time for eating right, exercising and spending quality time with our spouse.

All this added responsibility, can have and effect on our physical appearance.  This becomes especially troublesome if you go in a different direction physically than your spouse.  While change in appearance shouldn’t have an effect on our marriage, it often times does become a point of contention.

So, if you have found yourself in this situation, how do you handle it?

The first step is in knowing your spouse.  Are they someone who takes criticism lightly or do they wear their heart on their sleeve?  If your spouse is an emotional type person you might be better served to use unspoken techniques first before you attempt to say anything to them.

Try taking over the cooking responsibilities if you don’t already.  With you being in control of the cooking you can plan meals that are heavy in fruits and vegetable and light on the fatty meats and starches.  Usually in these situations it’s the breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day that are the trouble spots.  With busy work schedules, it’s easy to grab fast food or hit a drive through that doesn’t serve healthy meals.  Try planning your spouse’s breakfast and lunch.   Hard boiled eggs for lean protein in the morning and an apple or banana for a mid morning snack gives energy while providing necessary calories.  Lunches can be easy, try a tuna or turkey sandwich with carrots or grapes instead of chips or fries.

Give this approach a couple of months before you try anything else.  Unless your spouse needs to lose a great deal of weight, minor changes like these can very easily do the trick.  If it does then you can spare hurt feelings and help your spouse get back in the shape they were in when you met.

Exercise is another important element when attempting to change someone’s body.  Exercise is so much easier when done with a partner.  Try taking a brisk walk in the evening with your spouse or hit the gym in the morning before work.  After you do this everyday for a couple of weeks, your body and mind get used to this routine.  This soon becomes a habit.  This doesn’t have to be an hour long work out.  Try setting aside 20-30 minutes a day and get after it.  Don’t fool around, get to the exercise routine and get it done.  This will not only help your metabolism burn food more efficiently but will speed up the weight loss process.

If after making all these changes your spouse doesn’t buy in and want to participate, then and only then you might consider talking to them about their health and appearance.  You need to ask yourself if you are willing to deal with the potential fall out of asking them to lose weight.  Try approaching them when they are mentally fresh and willing to have a rational discussion.   Keep the conversation polite and to the point.  Offer feelings of concern for their health and then offer additional help for a weight loss plan.

Support and encouragement can go a long way when dealing with subjects like these.  If you or your spouse need help developing a healthy eating and or exercise plan, feel free to contact our office for an appointment.

Dr. K Bennett

Sunshine Medical Walk In Clinic

Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?

Every week I get people in my office talking about wanting to lose weight.   They talk about their diets and their exercise plans, but in the end they always seem to end up back where they started or maybe even worse, minus a few exceptions.

This got me thinking about the human body, our culture, and why it’s so hard to lose weight these days.

It’s no secret that as we get older our bodies change and we tend to add a few pounds every year.  The simple fact is our metabolism is not what it was when we were in our 20′s and we can’t eat the same foods or amount of food and expect to stay the same weight.

Permanent weight loss requires a complete lifestyle change in order to achieve the long-term weight loss that many of my patients desire.

The easy answer is eat less and exercise more. While that may work for most, there is one little thing that can cause you to go crazy when it comes to losing weight: Genetics.

Yep, you can’t change your genes.  Studies have shown that adopted children had the same body shape as their biological parents as adults.  Either you have good genes or you don’t.  Look at your mother and father.  Are they tall, round, skinny, uneven, short, long limbed, long torso, short torso, short legs?  Chances are you will be in the same mold as they are.

But have no fear.  If your dad is 350 lbs  it doesn’t mean that you will be too.  You are in control of what you eat, when you eat, and how you eat.  What I’m saying is that it may take a little extra effort on your part if you come from a line people that retain weight easily.

Another huge factor in our society of weight gain and weight retention is not just genes and the way we eat, but it’s the way we move.  Technology has enabled us to stay on our bottoms longer and longer.  We no longer have to get up to answer the phone.  It’s in our pocket.  We don’t have to get out to eat at a restaurant.  We sit in our cars and pick up our food.  We don’t have to get up to turn on the t.v., we don’t have physically open the garage door, we just push a button.  You get the picture.  Technology is great, but it’s taken away a lot of physical activity we would have otherwise engaged in.

So how do we stay fit and at a healthy weight with all these factors against us? Be intentional about your lifestyle.  Record how much you eat every day.  Record how much you weigh each day or week.  Record how much exercise you get.  It’s amazing how much looking at what you do on paper can trigger your brain to change the way it thinks.  This is a great way to get your mind, body, and soul engaged in daily lifestyle choices that will help you to lose weight and keep it off.  The weight will not just go away because you want it to.  You have to do something about it.

If you need help with weight management ideas, diets plans, or a routine physical checkup.  Call our office at 615-942-9271 or book an appointment with us online  here.

Here’s to your health!

Dr. K Bennett