Worth More than an Apple a Day: Why You Need Your Regular Physical

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 04-17-2014

BrentLike a lot of people, Brent Strukely only visited the doctor when he was sick.

“I looked at myself as a pretty healthy, physically active person,” said the 47-year-old Springfield resident. “When everything’s going well, you’re invincible. In that mindset, I just ignored going to the doctor.”

And he might have kept ignoring it, had he not decided to look into a new primary care physician.

In August 2013, Brent set up a typical new patient “meet and greet” with Dr. Gustavo Mosquera at Memorial Physician Services – Chatham. The actual appointment, however, was anything but typical.

Busting the Top Three Myths about Kidney Transplants

Posted by | Posted in Transplant | Posted on 04-16-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Transplant 961 x 300Nearly 103,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving kidney transplant nationwide. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. And, still, myths persist about kidney transplants. We asked the Memorial Transplant Services team to debunk some of the more common myths surrounding kidney transplants and donation.

I Want to Run a 5K … But I’m Not a Runner: 3 Tips to Get Started

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 04-15-2014

RunnersWhat motivates people – who otherwise never run – to train to run a 5K? Sometimes it’s to support and raise money for a special cause. There are charity 5Ks every weekend – including several fun ones coming up in Springfield. (Click on a list of Memorial-sponsored upcoming races and walks here.) Other people just want to try something that may seem unattainable.

Gabe Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist with Memorial SportsCare, shares his expertise with those wanting to cross the finish line of a 5K this spring or summer.

Stuck on the Worry-Go-Round? Five Ways to Exit the Anxiety Ride

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 04-11-2014

depressed womanYou know better than to obsess, but occasionally life’s challenges overwhelm your ability to control worry levels. Increased anxiety takes a definite toll on physical and emotional health.

According to outpatient therapist Betsy Van Brocklin with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville, some common consequences of anxiety include increased blood pressure, migraines, decreased sleep and appetite and impaired ability to handle stress and frustration.

Fortunately there are coping strategies that can help slow or even stop the revolving cycle of obsessive worry. Van Bocklin shares five tips:

Defining Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 04-09-2014

DiabetesAbout 26 million Americans — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of that group, 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious health concern. It is the seventh leading cause of death and is a major cause for blindness, amputation and renal (kidney) failure.

In addition, approximately 33 percent of Americans have prediabetes – but only 10 percent know they do.

“With diabetes touching such a large segment of the population, it’s no wonder many people have heard of diabetes but may not understand there are several types of the disease,” said Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. “However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in order to get the condition under control with appropriate treatment options.”

Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise because the body either is not producing enough insulin and/or is unable to use it correctly. Diabetes mellitus occurs as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 

SIU’s Hand Transplant Program: “Now, We are Going to Restore Some Lives”

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Transplant, Videos | Posted on 04-08-2014

Hand Youtube ThumbnailPhysicians with the Institute for Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine are searching for the first candidate for the school’s newly launched hand transplant program – the first of its kind in Illinois.

Between 6,000 and 10,000 upper extremity amputations occur each year in the United States. More than 1,200 soldiers have lost a limb as a result of explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out the brief video below to learn more about the program.

Mind Over Matter: Manage Your Weight Through Mindful Eating

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 04-02-2014

Young Man on Couch Eating PopcornHave you ever sat down in front of the television with a bowl of chips while watching your favorite show, only to look down during the commercial break to see that all the food is gone? What’s worse is you find yourself walking into the kitchen to get something else because you still feel like your craving has not been satisfied.

This is an example of mindless eating, in which we don’t pay attention to what we are eating. To protect yourself — and your waistline — from this practice, Erin Walker, a registered dietitian with Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center suggests adopting a “mindful eating” habit.

Top Three Things Not to Say at a Funeral…

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 04-01-2014

Man comforting friend“At least he’s not suffering anymore.”
“Everything happens for a reason.
“She’s in a better place now.”

We mean well, we really do, but it’s still difficult to know how best to offer care, compassion and practical support to a friend or family member who is grieving or depressed and ditch the well-intentioned clichés. Licensed clinical professional counselor Yoli Holmes with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville offers these tips for constructive ways to help:

Teaching an Old Nutrition Label New Tricks

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 03-28-2014

New Nutrition LabeThe Food and Drug Administration’s iconic nutrition labels could be changing for the first time in more than 20 years, and that’s a good thing according to Memorial Medical Center registered dietitians Gayle Jennings and Christina Rollins. The new label will list total calories more prominently, add long-ignored nutrients like potassium and vitamin D, reconfigure the serving size calculations and include added sugars to the tally. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The new label will be more user-friendly for those following dietary guidelines.
  • Serving sizes will be displayed more accurately, enabling consumers to avoid “super-sizing” their food items.
  • Potassium and vitamin D, both of which offer important health benefits, will be listed on the new label in order to draw attention.
  • Added sugars will now be listed so consumers will know how much sugar is naturally occurring and how much is commercially added.

Medical Checkups: Why They Matter

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Videos | Posted on 03-27-2014

PrintWellness checks. Yearly physicals. Preventative health exams. Whatever you call them, annual health-maintenance exams are “a very important tool in maintaining good health and exchanging important information with your doctor,” says Benjamin Montgomery, MD, a physician with Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer. These life-threatening diseases, and the medical conditions that can lead up to them, often have no symptoms for some time. Even if you feel fine, a disease may be damaging your body.