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    Kidney Disease and Obesity: What is the Connection?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Obesity leads to a wide range of health issues that can be fatal if no action is taken for weight control. Kidney disease is one of the more serious threats of obesity to consider during the month of March, which is National Kidney Month. If you are obese, you may be three to four times more likely to experience kidney failure, which can lead to the need for transplant or dialysis. Here is a look at the ways that obesity affects the health of your kidneys over time.

    Associated Conditions
    Kidney failure may be the result of other conditions caused by obesity. Diabetes is the most common link between obesity and kidney failure, as a large number of obese individuals have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. If you are obese and do have diabetes, you should work to manage your blood sugar so that your kidneys do not become overworked as a result of spikes in your blood glucose levels.

    Strain on the Kidneys
    Obesity can also damage the kidneys directly. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood, and waste may be stored in the body’s visceral fat cells. This means that the kidneys of obese individuals tend to work harder than those of individuals living at a healthy weight.

    Long-term Obesity Costs
    Being obese is only one part of the equation when calculating your risk for kidney disease. The amount of time that you have been obese makes a difference, because it indicates the period under which your kidneys have been under added stress. If you were obese in early adulthood, you are in the highest risk population for obesity-related kidney disease, so more drastic steps may need to be taken to manage your health.

    Mountain View Hospital can help you overcome obesity and manage your total health with ongoing education and support through our H2U program. If you are a resident of the northwest Las Vegas area exploring obesity treatments such as weight loss surgery, contact us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know Your Risk?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Colorectal cancer, which is commonly referred to as colon cancer, is a cancer that affects more than 140,000 Americans every year. This cancer is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and it is often fatal because it does not show symptoms until late stages. If you are aware of your personal risk for colon cancer, you and your doctor can plan your medical care better so that the risk of late-stage diagnosis is reduced. Here are the steps you can take to get in-tune with your colorectal cancer risk.

    Evaluate Your Diet
    Eating habits are directly linked to colon cancer risk, so the first step in improving your colon health is evaluating what you eat. Diets that are high in processed foods, red meat, and fried foods are linked to high risk for colon cancer, so these should be consumed in very limited quantities. Foods that will help you prevent colon cancer include fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains.

    Talk to Your Doctor
    Certain medical conditions—such as colorectal polyps, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis—can lead to the development of colon cancer, so it is important to communicate with your doctor about your personal and family history of these conditions. When you discuss these health issues, your doctor will be able to guide you to better medical treatments and lifestyle changes that will reduce your cancer risk.

    Get Tested After 50
    Screening with colonoscopy is the best tool available for early colon cancer detection. It is recommended for adults between the ages of 50 and 75, and your doctor can help you decide when the best time is to have your first colonoscopy.

    If you want to schedule a colonoscopy, contact MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. We are also offering classes and events throughout the month of March to help you stay healthy and lower your risk for colorectal cancer. Browse these events and be sure to reserve your spot at our H2U Lunch & Learn, “Colon Health and the Importance of a Colonoscopy,” on our website.

    Browse These Links for More Tips on Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are in search of superior healthcare in the Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital and the Sunrise Health System can provide the high-tech, high-touch care you are looking for. We are invested in the most sophisticated treatment technologies across a broad range of medical specialties, and we provide health education to the whole community with classes and events taking place throughout each month. You can connect with us through our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 for answers to your health questions.

    The American Cancer Society Promotes Colon Cancer Awareness

    Last updated 1 year ago

    During the month of March, you may hear a buzz about colon cancer and the need for colonoscopies to control this dangerous disease. March is National Colorectal Cancer Month, so it is the perfect time to assess your risk for colon cancer and schedule a colonoscopy if you are over the age of 50. This video from the American Cancer Society will serve as a reminder for you to talk to your doctor about colon cancer and take the essential steps for prevention—including screening.

    If you want to learn more about the threat of colon cancer, explore the awareness events happening at MountainView Hospital this month. You can find our calendar of events online or call us at (702) 233-5474 to schedule services at our facilities.

    What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Are you suffering from ongoing pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, or extreme fatigue? If so, you could be one of many women with a common reproductive health issue known as endometriosis. This condition occurs when the endometrium, or uterine lining, begins to grow outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or cervix. Abnormal growth of the endometrium is problematic, because this is the tissue that becomes inflamed and bleeds during the menstrual cycle. When this process takes place outside of the uterus, it can be painful and irritating to other organs in the pelvis.

    There is no specific known cause of endometriosis, but there are several conditions that can increase your risk. Poor immune health, hormonal imbalance, and frequent yeast infections are all risk factors for endometriosis, but they can be managed with regular care from your physician.

    Some women with endometriosis have no symptoms at all, but it is more common for women to experience pelvic pain, discomfort during intercourse, and severe menstrual cramping. Other symptoms such as pain during urination, diarrhea, and nausea can also occur if the endometrium has grown on the bladder or bowel. Infertility is another complication of endometriosis, and it is often what causes women to seek treatment.

    Treatment for endometriosis is a highly personalized process dependent on your symptoms and plans to have children. You may feel relief through conservative therapies such as medication and lifestyle changes, but surgery can become necessary if you are still experiencing symptoms. Endometriosis resection with da Vinci Robotic Surgery is an excellent surgical option that is minimally invasive and low-risk. However, some cases will require the complete removal of the uterus through hysterectomy, which can also be performed with da Vinci technology.

    MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas is proud to feature da Vinci Surgical technology for our women’s care, and we can help you decide if these procedures are right for your needs. Explore all of our women’s health and surgical services on our website, or schedule a surgical consultation by calling (702) 233-5474.

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