THE POWER by yaofenjin



                                                                                                                 Fall 2011

    the Power
    of Sleep
   Shut eye. Forty winks. Beauty sleep. Counting sheep.
   Catch some ZZZs. No matter how you say it, sleep is an
   invaluable component of keeping our bodies healthy
   and our minds happy.

   ■ about one-third of your life is spent sleeping, and                  If you frequently wake up gasping for breath, excessively
   this biological function has the power to boost memory and          snore, experience severe headaches, are fatigued during the
   positively impact other important functions. Not taking the         day, or sleep restlessly, you may be suffering from a sleep
   time to get enough sleep can have adverse effects on your           disorder. Individuals with untreated sleep disorders, such
   entire being—mind, body, and spirit.                                as obstructive sleep apnea, run the risk of developing other
     When sleep patterns are not up to par, your mood and              health conditions, including hypertension, congestive heart
   neurological function may suffer. Some studies have shown           failure, and stroke.
   that lack of sleep can affect your ability to make the correct         “In addition to reviewing clinical history and completing
   decision in a situation—and driving while sleep deprived            a thorough physical examination, the gold standard for
   can even be as dangerous as operating a vehicle while               diagnosing a sleep disorder is the polysomnogram—an
   under the influence of alcohol.                                     overnight sleep study performed in a specialized facility,”
                                                                       says Leslee Hudgins, DO, neurologist with Loris Healthcare
   Tossing and Turning?                                                System. “If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder,
     Problems sleeping can stem from a number of                       speak with a physician. He or she can help diagnose the
   factors, including:                                                 problem and find the tools you need to regain a good
   • breathing disorders       • prescription and over-                night’s sleep.”
   • caffeine consumption         the-counter medications
                                                                       ➔ For more information about the Sleep Center
   • hormonal changes          • stress
                                                                       at Loris Healthcare System, call (843) 716-7578.
   • mental disorders

INSIDE 2	 Good	Health	       3	 Yoga	to	End	Pain   4	 Moving	on	Up	               6	 Questions	&	Answers      7	 Fall	Events   8	 New	Diabetes	
           Tidbits              Free Class Pass!      When Children Should           • PSA Testing                                Risk	for	Men
                                                      Switch to an Adult Doctor      • Urinary Incontinence
                                                                           Night Sweats:
           healthy eating Not Just for Women
           at Any Age                                                      ■ Your wife wakes uP in the middle of the night—
                                                                           because you are drenched in sweat. Should you be worried?
           ■ whether it’s done while celebrating a special
                                                                              While women typically experience night sweats during
           occasion with a nice dinner at a restaurant or after
                                                                           menopause, some men may also become flushed or feel
           preparing a meal at home, eating is a necessary and
                                                                           hot during the night. Night sweats can be the result of a
           often pleasant part of maintaining health and energy.
                                                                           variety of factors, including:
           As you age, however, you may notice changes in your
                                                                           •	 low testosterone levels
           eating habits that can be attributed to a variety of factors,
                                                                           •	 respiratory infection
           including a reduction in lean body mass, prior illnesses
                                                                           •	 stress
           or health conditions, and changes in taste and smell.
                                                                           •	 treatment for prostate cancer
              No matter your age, be sure to include the following
           nutrients in your diet to enhance your health:
                                                                           Do Your Part
           •	 calcium, found in low-fat dairy products, enriched
                                                                             Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet
              cereals, and dark, leafy greens
                                                                           and regular exercise can help you reduce stress and reduce
           •	 fiber, found in fresh fruits, vegetables, and
                                                                           your risk of getting sick. However, if you continue to wake
              whole grains
                                                                           up sweating night after night, consult your physician.
           •	 protein, such as lean red meat, chicken, fish, soy,
              nuts, beans, and legumes                                     ➔ To find a physician to meet your health needs, visit
           •	 vitamin	C, found in citrus fruits and orange veggies or call (843) 716-7527.

           Could You Recognize
           a Stroke?                                                         ■ You’ve likelY heard stroke is the third leading
                                                                             cause of death and the leading cause of disability
                                                                             in the United States—but would you know if it was
                                                                             happening to you or a loved one?
                                                                               According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke
                                                                             or “brain attack” takes place when a blood clot or
                                                                             broken blood vessel keeps the brain from receiving vital
                                                                             oxygen. Sufferers may exhibit a number of symptoms
                                                                             including numbness or weakness in the face or limbs,
                                                                             confusion, difficulty speaking, loss of balance or
                                                                             coordination, and severe headache. If you think you or
                                                                             someone you love is having a stroke, seek immediate
                                                                             medical attention and act F.A.S.T. —

                                                                             Face. Does one side of the face droop while smiling?
                                                                             Arms. Does one arm not lift up like the other?
                                                                             Speech. Is speech slurred?
2   Your Health Matters
                                                                             Time. Call 911.
Sun Salutations
for Painless Days
                                                                                                Free Class Pass!
                                                                                                Cut out this coupon, and bring
                                                                                                it with you to participate in
                                                                                                one	free	yoga	class at the
                                                                                                Center for Health and Fitness.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, pain probably interferes with everything from sleep to completing simple
daily tasks. A recent study found that incorporating yoga into your exercise routine could not only decrease
fibromyalgia-related pain, but also ease depression, fatigue, and stiffness.

■ the overall benefits of yoga              and strength. The hour-long program        YOUr TIMe TO SPeAk
include enhanced circulation,               begins with breathing exercises to
                                                                                       Because of the chronic presence of
flexibility, and strength, in addition to   calm the body and focus the mind and
                                                                                       full-body pain, living with fibromyalgia
relief from pain and stress. For those      ends with relaxation work. Attendees
                                                                                       can be an isolating experience. Loris
with fibromyalgia, yoga can provide         can use exercise bands to enhance
                                                                                       Healthcare System’s Fibromyalgia and
additional benefits to emotional,           a pose’s effect.
                                                                                       Arthritis Support Group offers patients
mental, and physical health.                  Many of the poses combine all
                                                                                       an outlet to express their frustrations
   A study conducted at Oregon              three areas. For instance, the tree pose
                                                                                       and successes.
Health & Science University                 incorporates strength as you engage
demonstrated the improved conditions        your core and lift one foot to rest on     The group meets at 11 a.m. on the
of fibromyalgia patients who had            your calf. It requires balance to stand    first Wednesday of every month at
completed an eight-week yoga course         on one leg as you bring your hands         the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and
of breathing, meditation, and poses. The    into a prayer position and flexibility     Fitness Center and features speakers
participants experienced a 24 percent       to stretch your hands and arms above       such as physicians, massage therapists,
decrease in pain, a 30 percent decline      your head.                                 and nutritionists.
in fatigue, and a 42 percent reduction
                                                                                       “Many people with fibromyalgia often
of depression.
                                                                                       feel they are being judged by others
   Taking the findings to heart, Loris
                                                                                       because the condition is not something
Healthcare System began offering
                                                                                       you can see,” says Kelly Strickland,
yoga classes in February of this
                                                                                       support group facilitator. “This support
year. Now, every Tuesday at 5 p.m.,
                                                                                       group is an open forum to voice how
community members can participate
                                                                                       you feel and share your experiences.”
in a mixed-level yoga class at the
Center for Health and Fitness.                                                         ➔ For more information about the
   “A body in motion stays in motion,”                                                 Fibromyalgia and Arthritis Support
says Alison Hamilton, MBA, AFAA,                                                       Group, contact Outreach Services by
certified group fitness and personal                                                   calling (843) 716-7381.
trainer, fitness and yoga instructor
at the Center for Health and Fitness.
“Yoga is a practice that rejuvenates
and strengthens the body.”

A Class Preview
  The weekly yoga class uses a variety
of poses to target balance, flexibility,

      Graduating                                                                                  What
      It is inevitable: Children grow into adults. Help your teen reach a
      healthy adulthood by speaking openly about health changes during
      this critical transformation.

      ■ teenagers have a tendencY                   it takes a little trial and error until
      to think they know it all, but when it        you find a provider you’re both
      comes to topics surrounding health and        comfortable with.”
      changes in the body, they sometimes
      clam up. While it’s normal for teenagers      When Do We Make
      to feel embarrassed when talking about        the Switch?
      such subjects, it is extremely important         Most likely, your teen will let you
      that parents establish an open line of        know when he or she is ready to
      communication early on about general          see a different care provider. It’s not
      health and wellness. This can help make       uncommon for a teen to feel he or she
      the transition from pediatric to adult care   is too old for or be embarrassed by the
      much easier for all parties involved.         childlike atmosphere of a pediatrician’s
                                                    office—brightly colored walls and toys
      Picking a Provider                            scattered in the waiting room floor        total control of his or her care—
        even though your child’s pediatrician       probably do not match the cool, mature     so help make this transition go
      may provide superior care and comfort,        image your teen is trying to pull off.     more smoothly by encouraging your
      your teen is maturing quickly and will        regardless, your teen should see an        teenager to have a more active role
      need to make the switch to an adult           adult care practitioner by age 18.         in his or her healthcare management.
      primary care physician, such as an               “As an individual progresses from         Allow your son or daughter to
      internal medicine physician, a general        childhood into adulthood, medical          schedule his or her own appointments,
      practitioner, or a family care physician.     problems such as diabetes may              call in prescription refills, and ask
        “It is imperative that your teenager        develop and be carried throughout          the questions during medical office
      feel comfortable with his or her new          his or her lifetime,” explains Dr. Holt.   visits. This can help your teen build
      physician,” says ray Holt, MD, family         “If a chronic condition develops, a        confidence, knowledge, and comfort
      medicine physician with Seacoast              family physician or internist would be     with health management. Also consider:
      Primary Care. “To find the right fit for      able to follow that medical problem        • developing an online health
      your teen, ask if he or she would feel        from onset through the adult years.”         record that your teen can access
      more comfortable seeing a younger                                                          and edit as needed
      or older care provider and if he or she       Taking Charge                              • discussing the importance of
      has a preference for gender. You do not         As every parent knows, with                preventive care
      necessarily have to stay with the first       adulthood comes great responsibility.      • encouraging your child to maintain an
      physician your child sees—sometimes           Your teen will eventually have to take       up-to-date list of medicines and dosages

4   Your Health Matters
                                                             It’s generally recommended that a first visit to a
                                                             gynecologist be scheduled between the ages of 13
                                                             and 16, but many girls avoid this important appointment
                                                             for fear of a physical exam. While a physical exam is an
                                                             essential part of a well-woman checkup, it does not have
                                                             to be included in your daughter’s very first appointment.

                                                             “Some girls become so focused on having a physical
                                                             exam that they are terrified at the idea of seeing a
                                                             gynecologist,” says Linda McClain, MD, FACOG, board-
                                                             certified OB/GYN with Palmetto Associates for Women.
                                                             “I recommend bringing your daughter in for a general
                                                             consultation visit before she actually needs an exam.
                                                             The main goal of this first visit is to establish a trusting
                                                             relationship between gynecologist and patient and help
                                                             instill comfort and confidence.”

                                                             STARTING THe CONveRSATION
                                                             It can be embarrassing for both parent and daughter
                                                             to discuss scheduling an initial well-woman exam. Here
                                                             are some conversation tips to help make the process a
                                                             little easier:
                                                             •	 Ask	her	preference. Would she prefer a male or female
                                                                physician? Does she want someone older or younger?
                                                                Is she comfortable with going to your personal
                                                                gynecologist, or would she prefer to have her own?
                                                             • Give	her	options. Because a visit to the gynecologist
                                                                can seem a bit invasive, your daughter might be feeling
                                                                a little helpless. Allow her to have a sense of control
                                                                by giving her some choices, such as whether or not
                                                                she would like you in the room during the visit or if she
                                                                would prefer a morning or afternoon appointment.
                                                             • Discuss	your	personal	experience. Sharing your own
                                                                first-time experience in a positive light can help put
                                                                your daughter at ease.
                                                             • Do	not	stress	if	you	are	a	single	dad. If you are a single
•   relaying information regarding family medical history       father, this topic can be extremely awkward to bring up
    to your teen so he or she can accurately inform his or      with your teenage daughter. If you are unable to start
    her primary care provider                                   the conversation, consider bringing in a trusted female
•   reminding your child to schedule proper screenings          figure, such as a close aunt or older cousin, to discuss
    and physicals                                               the importance of well-woman exams with your daughter
                                                                and talk about her preferences.
➔ To find a pediatrician or adult primary care provider
at Loris Healthcare System, visit        ➔ To find a Loris Healthcare System OB/GYN, visit
or call (843) 716-7527.                             or call (843) 716-7527.

      is Psa testing
      Right for You?
      Stacey Mott, community outreach coordinator with               don’t
      Loris Healthcare System, sheds some light on the
      importance of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) scores          “Just	
      and why you should know yours.

      ■ 	Q: What does having a high PSA score mean?
         Mott: An elevated PSA score can be an indication of
         an enlarged prostate or possible prostate cancer.
                                                                    with it
      ■ 	Q: How are PSA scores obtained, and when should
         a man have this test?
         Mott: PSA scores are obtained through a simple
         blood test. When screening for prostate cancer, it is
         important to have a digital rectal exam done as well.
         This test is recommended for men ages 40 to 75.            Stress urinary incontinence is a troublesome condition
      ■ 	Q: There has been some controversy about the               that affects nearly 15 million women in the United States.
         reliability of PSA scores. Do men really need this test?   While this condition can cause embarrassment and
         Mott: There has been some controversy with PSA             frequent urination for many women, it can typically
         scores because an elevated score does not always           be easily controlled. Loris Healthcare System OB/GYN
         mean you have prostate cancer and a low score is
                                                                    Denise Teasley, MD, FACOG, explains what can be done
         not always indicative that you do not. However, if
         prostate cancer is present, early detection means
                                                                    to control stress urinary incontinence.
         you will most likely be able to treat it quickly
                                                                    ■ 	Q: What causes stress urinary incontinence, and what
         and less aggressively, increasing your chances of
                                                                       signs should I look for?
         successful treatment.
                                                                       Dr. Teasley: Stress urinary incontinence often occurs
                                                                       in women who have given birth or have pelvic organ
                                                                       prolapse. Symptoms include involuntary urination
                                                                       when coughing, sneezing, or exercising.

                                                                    ■ 	Q: When should I see my physician?
                                                                       Dr. Teasley: You should not let this condition interfere
                    ■ SePtember                                        with your life. If it does, speak with your physician
                          is	Prostate	Cancer		                         about methods to control it.
                          Awareness	month.	
                    To increase awareness, Loris                    ■ 	Q: What treatment options are available?
                    Healthcare System will be                          Dr. Teasley: Moderate cases can often be controlled
                    offering prostate screenings.                      with medication or pelvic floor muscle exercises. If
                                                                       those don’t decrease symptoms, we perform what
                    For more information about
                    dates and times, call the                          is called a “sling procedure.” The procedure takes
                    Loris office at (843) 756-6319                     less than an hour, and patients recover in just two
                    or the Sea Mountain office                         to four weeks. After making three small incisions, a
                    at (843) 399-9696.                                 sling made of mesh is placed to support the urethra,
                                                                       allowing the structure to prevent urine flow.

                                                                    ➔ To learn more about treatment options for stress urinary

                                                                      incontinence, call (843) 716-7527.
    Your Health Matters
                                               FAll EvENTS
                     september, october, and november
Dinner with the Doctor                           Car	Seat	Safety                                    ScreeningS
SerieS                                           Interested in learning how you can better
                                                 protect your child in the event of a crash?
                                                                                                    Finger	Stick	Screenings
A question and answer session will follow                                                           $20 full lipid panel, $10 cholesterol/glucose,
each lecture, and guests will enjoy a            Join us for a car seat safety class to discuss
                                                 best practices, legal regulations, and types       $3 glucose, free blood pressure
complimentary dinner. For more information                                                          For more information, please call (843) 716-7381.
or to register for any of the following, call    of child safety seats, as well as to participate
(843) 716-7381.                                  in hands-on car seat installation instruction.     Thursday, September 22, 8 to 10 a.m.
                                                 For more information or to register, call          North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center
                                                 (843) 716-7381.
Prostate	Cancer	Screenings:	Why are                                                                 Thursdays, September 1, October 6, and
they important?                                  Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m. to noon               November 3, 8 to 11 a.m.
                                                 Center for Health and Fitness                      Outreach Services Office at Loris
Speaker: Glenn Gangi, MD, urologist
with Adult and Pediatric Urology Center                                                             Community Hospital
of the Carolinas                                 Look	Good…Feel	Better®                             Tuesdays, September 6, October 4, and
                                                 Loris Healthcare System is pleased to host         November 1, 10 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, September 14, 6 p.m.                  the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…
Seacoast Medical Center cafe                                                                        Myrtle Beach Mall—Belk Senior Day
                                                 Feel Better. Women undergoing cancer
                                                 treatment can learn skin care and makeup           Wednesday, September 28, 9 to 11 a.m.
Hip	and	Knee	Replacement:		                      techniques, how to use turbans and scarves,        Seashore Pharmacy in Calabash
What are the benefits?                           and much more. Free makeup and wigs will           Wednesday, October 26, 9 to 11 a.m.
Speaker: Frederick J. Hamilton, DO, orthopod     be available. Call (843) 716-7381 to reserve       Seashore Pharmacy in Shallotte
                                                 your spot.
with McLeod Seacoast Orthopaedics
Wednesday, October 12, 6 p.m.
                                                 Monday, September 19, 2 to 4 p.m.                  Prostate	Screenings
                                                 Center for Health and Fitness                      In recognition of Prostate Health Month,
Seacoast Medical Center cafe
                                                                                                    Drs. Glenn Gangi and Andrew Grudzinski
The	What,	Why,	How,	and	Where		                  Childbirth	Classes                                 of the Adult and Pediatric Urology Center
                                                 This class is designed to help you                 of the Carolinas will provide prostate
of	Diabetes:	What is diabetes? Why do                                                               screenings to men in Loris and Little River
                                                 understand the processes of labor and
I need to treat it? How can I prevent            delivery and to answer questions about             in September. For more information about
diabetes? Where can I go for help?               childbirth. The all-day class includes             dates and times, call the Loris office at
Speaker: Ray Holt, MD, primary care              interactive sessions, empathy belly exercises      (843) 756-6319 or the Sea Mountain office
physician with Seacoast Primary Care             for your support person, and a tour of the         at (843) 399-9696.
                                                 labor and delivery suites at Loris Community
Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m.                    Hospital. Lunch will be provided. For more         Support groupS
Seacoast Medical Center cafe                     information or to register, call (843) 716-7290.
                                                 Saturdays, September 10 and November 12,
                                                                                                    Fibromyalgia	and	Arthritis		
eventS/claSSeS                                   9 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                   Support	Group
                                                 Cost: $25                                          Whether you have been diagnosed with
AARP	Safe	Driver’s	Course                                                                           arthritis or fibromyalgia yourself or you
This course is designed especially for drivers   Blood	Drive                                        are caring for a loved one suffering from
50 and older and may qualify South Carolina                                                         one of these conditions, join us to speak
                                                 Thursday, October 6, noon to 5 p.m.
drivers older than 55 for an auto insurance                                                         with others who understand what you are
                                                 Center for Health and Fitness
discount after completion. Registration is                                                          experiencing. For more information, call
required. For more information or to register,                                                      (843) 716-7381.
call (843) 716-7381.                             Sick	Day	Management
                                                 Friday, September 30, 10 to 11 a.m.                Wednesdays, October 5 and November 2,
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16,       Seacoast Medical Center                            11 a.m.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                                                                    North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center
North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center
Cost: $12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers           Know	Your	Numbers
                                                                                                    NEW!	Multiple	Sclerosis		
                                                 Friday, October 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
                                                 Seacoast Medical Center                            Support	Group
Heartsaver®	Adult	CPR	                                                                              Are you looking for an opportunity to share
In this certifying class, you will learn                                                            your multiple sclerosis experiences with
about four life-threatening emergencies and      Holiday	Cooking	Demo
                                                                                                    someone who can relate? Loris Healthcare
will learn to perform CPR. Registration is       Tuesday, November 8, 6 p.m.                        System is now offering an educational and
required. For more information or to register,   Center for Health and Fitness                      positive multiple sclerosis support group.
call (843) 716-7381.                             Cost : $8                                          For more information, call (843) 716-7381.
Thursday, October 13, 4 p.m.                                                                        Tuesdays, September 13, October 11, and
Center for Health and Fitness                                                                       November 8, 6 p.m.
Cost: $20                                                                                           Center for Health and Fitness

                                                                                                    Diabetes	Support	Group
                                                                                                    Looking for an opportunity to speak with
                                                                                                    someone about your diabetes?
                                                                                                    For more information, call (843) 716-7736.

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3655 Mitchell St.
Loris, SC 29569

           This publication in no way seeks to serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician before undertaking any
           form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

  a new risk for Men
  with Diabetes
  ■ a recent studY from the American
  Cancer Society shows that men with diabetes
  may have a higher risk of developing colon
  cancer. Of the more than 184,000 American
  adults who were evaluated, men with Type 2
  diabetes were 24 percent more likely to have
  colon cancer than men who did not have
  diabetes. According to the study, the link
  seemed to apply to men only.
    Another surprising find is that men who
  used insulin to manage their blood sugar
  levels had an even higher risk, though
  only slightly. While the research does
  not indicate why this link seems to exist
  between diabetes and colon cancer,
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