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    What You Have to Gain by Donating Blood

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? It’s the perfect opportunity to check your local hospital and other community locations for upcoming blood drives. Community hospitals across the country urgently need blood to fulfill the needs of trauma victims, cancer patients, and others who require surgical intervention. If you’re already in the habit of giving blood on a regular basis, consider becoming even more involved to help out your community. For example, you might encourage your friends and family members to give blood or you might volunteer at a local blood drive.

    Personal Fulfillment

    The primary benefit of donating blood is knowing that you’ve helped to save a life. In fact, each blood donation can serve up to three hospital patients. Many people donate blood because of the sense of personal fulfillment they gain from giving back to their community.

    Health Checkup

    You might be surprised that you can gain real health benefits from donating blood. Each blood donor is given a mini checkup. You’ll have your pulse, body temperature, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels checked, and you’ll be alerted to any abnormalities. This is one more way you can keep track of your overall health.

    Iron Regulation

    Many people consume more iron than they need. This can pose a health concern because excessive iron levels can contribute to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with normal cell function and increase your risk of problems such as cancer and heart disease. When you donate blood, your iron levels drop slightly.

    The physicians, nurses, and other staff members at Riverside Community Hospital are committed to providing compassionate care and excellent service to our neighbors throughout Riverside. Our hospital is pleased to offer specialty programs, including robotic surgery, organ transplant, and bariatric weight loss, along with heart care services. If you wish to learn more about our healthcare services, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000.

    How Losing Weight Can Protect Your Kidney Health

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Weight loss with bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise has plenty of health benefits to offer. Not only can maintaining a healthy weight reduce your risk of diabetes, but it can also help support your kidney health. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products out of the blood so that they may be released through urination. When chronic kidney disease (CKD) develops, waste levels build up in the bloodstream. Eventually, CKD may lead to kidney failure, at which point you may require an organ transplant.

    Causes of CKD

    Obesity can increase your risk of developing CKD in an indirect fashion. Individuals who are obese are more likely to develop high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These health problems are the major risk factors of CKD. Obesity can even increase your risk of CKD in a more direct manner. Individuals who have a high body mass index (BMI) have metabolic demands that are higher than average. This means that the kidneys must engage in hyperfiltration, or excessive filtering activities, to fulfill the body’s needs. When the kidneys are placed under this extra strain, it increases the risk of CKD.

    Prevention of CKD

    Just as obesity can increase the risk of CKD, losing weight may help prevent it. If you’re concerned about your weight, you may wish to consider talking to a physician at your local hospital about a healthy weight loss program. Your physician may advise you to follow a balanced diet and to practice portion control. Increasing your physical activity can also help you achieve a healthy weight.

    Surgery for Weight Loss

    Many people have trouble maintaining weight loss through diet and exercise alone. If this describes you, you may be a good candidate for a bariatric weight loss procedure. Bariatric weight loss may improve your health in a number of ways, including supporting your kidney health.

    If you wish to explore whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, reach out to the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Consult-A-Nurse referral line, which is available at (951) 788-3000, can put you in touch with a Bariatric Coordinator at our community hospital. Our hospital in Riverside also offers an exceptional organ transplant program at our Kidney Transplant Center.

    Forecasting the Health and Wellness Trends of 2015

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Health experts have noted a rising trend toward preventive and functional medicine in recent years, which is expected to continue throughout 2015. If you’re looking for inspiration to improve your wellness during the New Year, consider trying out trends such as meditation meet-ups, wellness trackers, and functional fitness. Before starting or changing your fitness program, you may wish to consider visiting a physician at your community hospital for a wellness exam, especially if you have an underlying medical condition.

    Meditation Meet-ups

    Meditation meet-ups are quickly replacing cocktail hour for networking events. You can search for a meditation meet-up near you to boost your career and develop a healthy mindset at the same time. Meditation may help you reduce stress, contributing to your overall wellness.

    Outdoor Exercise

    In 2015, more people are expected to take their workouts away from the gym and into the park, nature trails, and other outdoor venues. Enjoying the great outdoors while you exercise is one way to stay motivated and prevent boredom in your workout routine.

    Wellness Trackers

    Fitness tracker apps are all the rage among digital connoisseurs. Wellness trackers may help motivate you to adhere to an exercise program and they can help you track your weight. Some wellness apps even track your sleep, while others measure your daily movements.

    Functional Fitness

    Functional fitness is among the latest trends in preventive medicine to inspire gym enthusiasts. In terms of preventive medicine, functional fitness is about much more than exercising to reduce your risk of chronic diseases and manage your weight. It may also help you prevent debilitating injuries. Functional fitness refers to training your body to manage situations that you might encounter in your daily life.

    The team at Riverside Community Hospital encourages patients to learn more about preventive medicine by signing up for our H2U – Health to You – program, which includes interactive health tools, wellness information, and invitations to special activities. Our hospital in Riverside provides comprehensive healthcare services, including robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, heart care, Ob/Gyn services, and organ transplants. For a referral to a specialist at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000.

    What Nutrition Labels Are Trying to Tell You

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When you eat packaged foods, looking at the nutrition label is important for managing your health and avoiding unhealthy options. Unfortunately, these labels can be deceptive if you are not paying attention to the serving size and number of servings in a package. This video offers some tips on reading nutrition labels so that you can make the best choices as you eat grab-and-go foods throughout the day.

    If you have questions about designing the right diet for your health, Riverside Community Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can offer quick answers at (951) 788-3000. You might also explore our H2U program so that you are able to make healthier decisions more often.

    What Will Be the Biggest Health Concerns in the U.S. in 2030?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Life expectancy has been on the rise over the past several generations, but the road to longevity does have some hurdles with preventable, chronic conditions that could get worse without widespread lifestyle changes. This video from the CDC explains that cancer is poised to surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. While this is promising for the preventive measures that have been taken in managing heart disease, it shows that there is an aging population suffering from fatal cancers. Suicide among the elderly will become a bigger concern as well with the prevalence of depression and dementia among these populations.

    To learn how you can prevent some of the chronic conditions discussed in this video, work with Riverside Community Hospital for your ongoing preventive care. You can contact us on our website or by calling (951) 788-3000. 

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