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    Why Healthy Changes Should Run in the Family

    Last updated 7 days ago

    As a member of a family, you care a great deal about the health of your other family members. If someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic illness, you’d do everything you can to help improve their health.

    This video tells the story of Robert Clayton, a man who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. As you watch the video, you’ll see how much help Robert’s family provides as he learns to cope with his illness. They go shopping with him, they give him helpful reminders, and most importantly of all, they provide him with plenty of love and support.

    To find out how you can best support your loved ones, call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4321. We treat a wide range of conditions that affect West Hills residents, including cancer, burns, spinal disorders, and more. 

    Separating Prostate Cancer Myths and Facts

    Last updated 12 days ago

    After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American men. Around 240,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, and about 28,000 men succumb to the disease each year. If you’re a man, the medical professionals at West Hills Hospital urge you to learn as much about prostate cancer as you can. As you do your research, be wary of myths and other kinds of misinformation.

    Myth: Only Old Men Get Prostate Cancer

    If you’re in your 40s or even your 30s, you might assume that you’re safe from prostate cancer. Though most men with prostate cancer are over 65 years old, younger men can develop the disease, too. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, ask your doctor if you should begin screenings early. African-American men also tend to have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. 

    Myth: Prostate Cancer Will Ruin Your Sex Life

    Since the prostate is so close to the mechanisms that enable a man’s erection, many men assume that prostate cancer will compromise their sex life. However, the effect that prostate cancer and treatment can have on a man’s libido depends on a number of factors, and isn’t the same across the board. The fear of a diminished sex life shouldn’t prevent you from exploring your treatment options.   

    Myth: A High PSA Is a Cure Sign of Cancer

    One of the ways doctors detect prostate cancer is by testing a man’s prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. If your PSA is high, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a biopsy. However, a high PSA doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer—an infection of the prostate or another prostate-related condition could be to blame for the high PSA.

    The doctors and nurses at West Hills Hospital will gladly provide you with more important information about prostate cancer. Call (818) 676-4321 to learn more about potential risk factors—our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare line exists to provide answers to a wide range of health-related questions. Visit our website to learn all about our cancer care services. 

    How to Protect Your Eyes and Skin from the Sun

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Though the sun shines throughout most of the year in the West Hills area, the sun’s rays are a bit more intense during the summer months. To prevent yourself from getting sunburned and to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, it’s important that you take a few precautions before you go outside. West Hills Hospital recommends that you protect your skin and eyes with the following tips:

    Wear Sunglasses and a Hat

    Leaving your eyes unprotected can compromise your vision over time. To prevent your eyes from being damaged, it’s important for you to wear sunglasses any time you’re outside. Wearing a hat can also help keep the sun out of your eyes and protect the top of your head.

    Wear Pants and Long Sleeves

    Though you may be tempted to break out the shorts and t-shirts, you should protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and pants whenever possible. You’ll find that loose, light-colored shirts and pants can protect your arms and legs while still keeping you cool.

    Put on Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is another important part of the equation. Most doctors recommend using sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, and has an SPF of at least 15. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen once and forget about it—you should try to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.

    Avoid the Sunshine

    On some days, it may be best to avoid the sunshine completely. For the sake of your eyes and skin, stay inside or in the shade on particularly hot days—especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its most intense.

    West Hills Hospital is proud to look after the wellbeing of West Hills residents. We offer everything from emergency services for serious burns to cancer care for victims of skin cancer. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4321 to find the right doctor for your needs.

    Learning the Truth Behind Common Nutrition Myths

    Last updated 3 months ago

    In the name of wellness, many people make poor eating decisions based on misconceptions they learn through the media, friends, and family members. Without knowing the truth, they can cause great harm to their health and even death. West Hills Hospital supports the healthy eating goals of our West Hills patients. To make sure that you know how to strengthen your body through good nutrition, consider these common diet myths:

    Eliminate Calories for Successful Weight Loss

    Overweight and obesity issues often stem from the intake of too make calories. Therefore, cutting down on calories in meals and snacks can prompt healthy weight loss. Yet be mindful of choosing moderate calorie reduction over excessive calorie restriction. In some cases, chronic calorie deprivation can lead to anorexia. Under other circumstances, it can bring on binge eating, which may only cause more weight gain.

    Remove Fat for Healthier Meals

    Fat is essential for optimal health. Without it, your body would not be able to utilize many vitamins that are necessary for a range of functions, including cognitive development and vision. Key to maintaining health through nutrition is separating unhealthy fats from the beneficial ones. Trans fats and saturated fats, which can be found in processed meats, fast food, and prepackaged baked sweets, can stimulate weight gain. When consumed in moderation, though, unsaturated fats are a primary component of good health.

    Use a Diet to Kick-Start Weight Loss

    An eating plan that contains a wide variety of lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and fresh produce often leads to wellness. Yet many diets that claim to promote health and nutrition might encourage you to eliminate foods that can aid in wellbeing. As a result, you can become deficient in essential vitamins and nutrients that your body requires. Instead of using a diet to stimulate weight loss, establish healthy eating habits that you can maintain for a lifetime.

    Do you have more questions about how to make good nutrition a constant in your life? Call West Hills Hospital today at (818) 676-4321 to speak with an associate about improving your eating habits. You can also discuss your eligibility for the surgical weight loss services at our West Hills facility.

    Staying Smart About Health Scams

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Magazine, television, and online advertisements bombard the public with claims that certain beverages can provide more energy, rapid weight loss, or other impressive health benefits. This video aims to educate consumers about these unproven products.

    A diet that contains fresh fruits and vegetables can improve health; however, fruit juices that claim to work wellness wonders often are too good to be true. The FDA recommends that all consumers do their research before purchasing these products. Especially when an item comes with a hefty price tag that seems to substantiate its remarkable benefits, finding out what it can or cannot do is worth the time and money.

    Want to know the facts about how to achieve good health? Call West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4321 to sign up for our Health to You program, which provides regular nutrition and exercise informational articles. 

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