November - December, 2019
Dr. Francavilla was recognized as a Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association this month. Becoming a Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is one of the highest honors reserved for those who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the clinical treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great time to come in for your annual wellness exam and make sure your mammogram, breast exam or other breast screening tests have been done as needed. There are a lot of confusing guidelines out about what women should do, and talking with your physician is the best way to choose the ideal plan for your breast health.
According to the CDC everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season. It is ideal to get the flu vaccine before the end of October, but still worth getting at any point in flu season. The “flu” is not just a “cold” but a severe respiratory illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death (thousands die from the flu yearly). The flu shot is strongly recommended for people with diabetes, with a lung disease such as asthma, or other health conditions.
School is starting just around the corner in Lakewood! Beat the rush by scheduling your back to school and/or sports physicals now! Aside from possible school requirements, these preventative visits are a great time to discuss general health, and vaccinations. We will go through a general health history as well as possible inheritable issues from family. So many routine aspects of life can have beneficial or detrimental effects on health, and it is important to take time at least once a year to discuss these, with the hope of improving overall health. These can include diet/exercise, sleep, tobacco exposure, peer pressures, dental care, safety measures, among others. We will go through the recommended vaccine schedule, and ensure everything is up to date.
These visits are also a time to discuss the upcoming stage in life, from simply a new school year, to upcoming pubertal changes. Teenagers also get time to speak with their doctor privately to ensure their concerns can be addressed fully. For sports physicals, we also discuss the nature of the sport, risks, how the child's current health may be affected, and if there is any family history that would increase any concerns. We want to especially ensure a review of heart health, mental health, concussion risk, and nutrition. All of these visits include a full physical exam, with possible lab or imaging testing as determined appropriate by your physician. It is extremely helpful if you bring your vaccination records, and any possible forms that may need signed (ex. childcare, school, sports) with you to the visit. We look forward to seeing you, and helping with this step in back-to-school preparations!
When is the last time you went to the doctor? June is Men’s Health Month—the perfect time to get those annual checkups scheduled. 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. While we often think of prostate cancer or testicular cancer screening, it is important to discuss concerns about mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular health, and staying up to date on vaccinations with your physician. And most importantly, if you are having a problem, don't wait for a screening exam, come and talk with us.
It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes/week of moderate aerobic activity, working towards 300 minutes/week. Preferably, physical activity should be spread throughout the week, for example 30-60 minutes of activity 3-5 days a week. There’s even evidence that short bursts of exercise (3 minutes) improve blood sugar and blood pressure.
Standing and walking more throughout the day offers some health benefits as well. Regular aerobic activity strengthens the cardiorespiratory system and lowers the risk of several disease processes and their progression, examples include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, anxiety and depression. In short, exercise makes you live longer! Moderate aerobic activity includes brisk walking, swimming, jogging, mowing the lawn, and riding a bike. Finding an activity that is enjoyable for you will help maintain a consistent exercise plan.
We have added and exercise peddler to our office for patients and staff to use! Next time you are at the office early for your appointment, ask to try it to get some extra movement in.