Diabetes: Should You Get Tested?

Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when your body is unable to use or produce enough insulin, a hormone that converts glucose into energy. Our bodies break down the food we eat into glucose. Without the necessary amount of insulin, glucose builds up in your blood, leading to higher than normal blood sugar levels. Diabetes can cause serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. If you suspect you have diabetes, visit a physician for a diagnosis.

Diet-Friendly Menu Ideas for the Big Game

Hosting a party for the big game may seem stressful when trying to maintain a healthy diet; however, serving foods that taste good and make you feel good is possible. Follow these party menu tips to help simplify healthy eating. By serving veggies rather than cheeses, you can cut a ton of unwanted calories. Include vegetables like celery, which has high water content and is great for your skin. Rather than going with a ranch dip, try something healthier, like a low-fat yogurt dip or hummus.

Lung Cancer LP

Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in America, occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both lungs. Lung cancer does not often cause noticeable symptoms until it has reached advanced stages. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you are over the age of 55 and have a history of heavy smoking, you may qualify for screening. CHI St. Joseph Health’s new lung screening program seeks to find lung cancers early...

5 Unexpected Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Most people know that factors like high blood pressure and smoking increase your risk of heart disease, but there are many other contributing factors that can raise your risk. With 1 in 4 deaths in America caused by heart disease, it’s important to learn as much as possible about this deadly disease to decrease your own risk. Watch for these five more uncommonly known factors of heart disease. Surprisingly, even air pollution can contribute to high anxiety!

9 Toys You Should Not Give For The Holidays

As we approach the holidays, we welcome a season of giving. Choosing toys that are considered safe for your children should be a priority as you check off your gift list. CHI St. Luke’s Emergency Departments provide tips about toys that are not safe to give this season. Toys with projectiles that launch straight up into the air can be exciting; however, the chances of this toy’s projectile rebounding off of something and toward a child are too high to risk.