Health Notes

Five Things You Should Tell Your Gynecologist

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on November 20, 2014

When coming to the office for an annual exam, many patients assume the doctor will take over and drive the conversation. But don’t let that prevent you from bringing up concerns or addressing recent changes in your health.

There are many things you should also consider telling your doctor even if you aren’t all that concerned or even asked.

Here are five things you should tell your gynecologist at your next visit:

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When it Comes to Diabetes, Women Have It Worse

by Katina Gordon on November 10, 2014

It’s a sad fact, but true. Diabetes is especially hard on women in a variety of ways. It’s a diagnosis that puts their overall health – and potentially their life – at risk.

“The risk for heart attacks is greater for women with diabetes,” said Martha Nepper, a dietitian at the Methodist Center for Diabetes and Nutritional Health. “Compared to non-diabetics, the risk of depression is also higher. Plus, studies show women with diabetes are more likely to die earlier than women without.”

Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S., and it has no cure. Often brought on by excess weight and a poor diet, the good news is that diabetes can be controlled. But the proper diet, exercise, medicine and close monitoring is often a struggle for busy women on the go.

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How Fast Should You Lose Your Baby Weight?

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For many moms, one of the biggest challenges after having baby is the effort to lose the weight put on during pregnancy. Not only is it a challenge to lose weight, but the pressure from quickly shrinking Hollywood role models can make it doubly frustrating. Expecting rapid weight loss after baby can be detrimental to […]

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9 Ways Moms Benefit from Breastfeeding

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There are countless articles about the importance of breastfeeding for baby. The nutrition and health benefits baby receives from mother’s milk makes breastfeeding the natural choice whenever possible. However, baby isn’t the only one who reaps rewards from breastfeeding. Mom also benefits from nursing her child after giving birth. “We think of the benefit of […]

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Should You Get a 3D Ultrasound?

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It’s one of the things expecting moms look forward to the most… But ultrasounds are about so much more than getting a first glimpse of the growing baby inside you. It’s also a physician’s opportunity to track the health and development of your unborn child. At Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center, ultrasounds are our main […]

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Surviving the Symptoms of Menopause

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Most women know that one day they’re going to experience menopause. But knowing just what it means for your body, how it will change and how you will feel, leaves many with a lot of questions. Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she will stop having periods and the ability to have […]

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Too Much or Not Enough? How Much Should You Gain During Pregnancy?

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It’s a touchy subject for many expecting moms. Just how much weight should you put on during pregnancy? Gaining too much or not enough when baby’s on board can have serious consequences for both mom and baby. How much weight you put on during pregnancy really depends on where your weight begins before becoming pregnant. […]

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HPV Vaccine offers Life-Saving Protection

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These days, Dr. Judith Scott at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center says it’s rare to see a young girl at the Adolescent Gynecology clinic without it. A series of three HPV vaccines that have played a major role in women’s health care. “Pediatricians are doing such a fantastic job of getting kids vaccinated for […]

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Five Things Every Menopausal Woman Should Know about Nutrition

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Experiencing life’s “change” shouldn’t impact your active lifestyle, but menopause does mean you may have to think more about the nutrition it takes to support it. Eating the right foods not only affects your overall health, it can minimize the impact of the hormonal changes that come before, during and after menopause. “Your body is […]

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Eight Ways to Ease Your Pregnancy Swelling

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Let’s face it. Those swollen legs, ankles and feet make pregnancy really uncomfortable. And it seems like the summer heat and humidity only makes it worse. I hear you, sister… and trust me, you’re not alone. Swelling during pregnancy is extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated about 75 percent of women experience edema around the […]

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