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    Unlikely Sources of Added Sugars in Your Diet

    Last updated 11 hours ago

    If you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, you probably already limit your consumption of desserts. Unfortunately, there are plenty of foods that appear healthy or innocuous, yet contain as much sugar as a dessert! One example is flavored yogurt. Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. However, the average cup of yogurt contains 20 grams or more of added sugar. Spaghetti sauce is another common source of hidden sugar. Just half a cup of spaghetti sauce can contain seven grams of sugar. Granola is often considered a healthy snack because it’s typically made from oats, nuts, and dried fruits. However, if you buy a commercial brand, it’s likely loaded with sugar. If you’re a coffee drinker, think twice before ordering a mixed or flavored coffee drink. Some flavored coffees can include as much as 60 grams of sugar in just one 16-ounce cup. Try switching to black coffee or add some almond milk to flavor it.

    The hospitals in the HCA Far West Division can connect you with a physician at a local hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Residents of California and Nevada can call (855) 422-9378 to reach our network of premier hospitals.

    Understanding Your Heart Health

    Last updated 6 days ago

    You may already know that you can boost your heart health by following a healthy diet plan and getting regular exercise. But did you know that stress also plays a critical role in your cardiovascular fitness? If you have a hard time coping with stressful situations, you could be at a higher risk of high blood pressure than normal. Additionally, stress may negatively affect your cholesterol levels and physical activity level by contributing to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear a yoga instructor share her experiences with helping others improve their heart health. She teaches the value of positive, healthy relationships to reduce stress and improve overall wellness.

    When you’re ready to improve your wellness by partnering with a healthcare team at a hospital in California or Nevada, contact the HCA Far West Division at (855) 422-9378 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Our network of hospitals, including children’s hospitals, offers the H2U—Health to You—wellness program.

    Tips for Avoiding Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often medical emergencies that require a visit to an urgent care center. After sustaining a TBI, you may need to work with a healthcare team at your local hospital to manage long-term symptoms and complications. However, prevention is ideal; patient advocates at hospitals recommend using the following tips to reduce your risk of suffering a concussion or other TBI.

    Use Protective Gear

    You can reduce the chances that you’ll require urgent care services for a brain injury by using the appropriate protective gear while enjoying sports activities. Always wear a helmet during cycling and while riding recreational vehicles, including motorcycles. Helmets should also be worn while horseback riding, sledding, skiing, and skateboard riding, and while playing contact sports such as football and hockey. If your child is on a sports team, check with his or her coach regarding the appropriate type of gear for that particular activity. If a brain injury is sustained during a sports activity, stop playing immediately and have someone drive you to the hospital.

    Practice Car Safety

    Many brain injuries are sustained in vehicular accidents. Always wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers do too. Protect young children with age-appropriate car seats and booster seats. Practice vehicle safety by refraining from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and avoid distractions such as cell phone use.

    Modify Your Home

    Brain injuries may sometimes be sustained in the home. This is a particular danger for seniors who may be more prone to falls. You can improve the safety of your home by eliminating potential hazards on the floor such as loose rugs and electrical cords. Ensure there is adequate lighting throughout the home, use nonskid mats in the bathroom, and install grab bars where appropriate.

    The state-of-the-art hospitals in the HCA Far West Division offer advanced treatment for brain injuries. Two of our hospitals have been certified as Level II Trauma Centers, while others are in the process of obtaining this certification. To find one of our exceptional hospitals in your California or Nevada community, call (855) 422-9378 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    What to Do If You Slip Up in Your Effort to Quit Smoking

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Quitting smoking is a significant challenge, and it may not be an error-free effort. You should remember that slip-ups are a common hurdle in smoking cessation, and they can be overcome for long-term success.

    If you do slip and have a cigarette after you have begun the process of quitting, you will want to address the issue and take action right away to prevent backsliding any further. You should think about what triggered you to pick up a cigarette and take steps to steer clear of this trigger in the future. If you purchased a whole pack of cigarettes, you will want to throw the rest of it away so that you do not have the temptation to smoke another. While you will not want to go too easy on yourself, you should not beat yourself up either. Simply accept the setback and move forward with your efforts.

    At HCA Far West Division hospitals in Nevada and California, you can find support groups that may be just what you need to stay on track as you quit smoking. To explore classes and events within the HCA Far West Division, call us at (855) 422-9378 or visit our website. 

    Answers to Common Questions about Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Setting weight loss goals for the New Year may have you considering bariatric surgery for significant weight loss. Before you decide to get surgery, however, there are several facts you should know about bariatric procedures and their outcomes. Here is a look at the answers to some of the questions you may have about surgery.

    Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
    In order to be considered for surgery, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher and have had no success with other weight loss methods. Aside from these requirements, you should consider whether or not you are prepared for the extreme lifestyle changes that will be a permanent part of your new routine.

    What is Life Like Following Surgery?
    Immediately after surgery, you will need to follow a strict diet primarily consisting of liquids. As you recover, you can transition to whole foods, but you will need to eat much differently than you did before surgery. Portion control and a balanced diet are essential for post-bariatric patients, because complications can quickly arise if you eat too much or have nutritional deficiencies. You will also need to prioritize exercise and begin a light walking routine right away after your surgery.

    Can I Get Pregnant After Bariatric Surgery?
    Female patients are often concerned about fertility after bariatric surgery, but there is actually a lower risk for pregnancy complications in post-bariatric patients than women who are obese. You will have to wait at least 18 months after your surgery to get pregnant, but you can carry out a healthy, full-term pregnancy after you have had a bariatric procedure.

    To learn more about the bariatric surgeries available to you in Nevada or Southern California, attend a bariatric surgery support group at one of the HCA Far West Division hospitals in your area. You can connect with us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378. 

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