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    What Is Diabetes?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    As diabetes becomes a more prevalent health problem in the United States, you may hear more and more about the importance of diabetes prevention. However, if you do not know the basics about what diabetes does to the body, you may not understand the critical steps in preventing this condition.

    As this video explains, diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly produce or use insulin, which is the hormone responsible for converting food to energy. When there is not enough insulin or the body is not using insulin correctly, blood sugar drops and cells do not have the energy to sustain normal function.

    You can get helpful tips for diabetes prevention with Largo Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse FREE physician referral line at (727) 470-6826. For a closer look at our hospital’s services, visit our website. 

    Signs That You May Have a Sleep Disorder

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Sleep disorders are not always easy for patients to identify, because they can disrupt sleep in a way that is not observed by patients. Insomnia may be an obvious problem, but issues like sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and sleep walking may be tougher to diagnose. Most patients see sleep specialists because of symptoms like daytime drowsiness, poor memory and focus, snoring, or trouble driving without dozing off, which all indicate poor sleep patterns.

    If you think you have a sleep disorder, you may need to schedule an overnight sleep observation to get an accurate diagnosis. It is important that you don’t neglect possible symptoms of a sleep disorder, because prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues.

    To get the help you need for a better night’s sleep, call Largo Medical Center at our Consult-A-Nurse FREE physician referral line at (727) 470-6826. Our Sleep Disorders Center provides dedicated sleep medicine to ensure better health through natural, restorative sleep. 

    Looking at Some of the Most Common Sports Injuries

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Playing sports is a great way to stay in shape, but sports may also be dangerous if you sustain injuries that are not properly treated. As an athlete, it is important to understand the different types of injuries that are a risk as well as the ways to treat them. Here is a glance at the most common injuries on the field to help you stay safe.

    Knee injuries

    The ligaments in the knee can be overstretched and even torn in sports involving frequent jumping, hard landings, and rapidly changing direction on your feet. When this occurs, you may feel a sharp pain or instability in the knee that may be accompanied by a popping sound. Treatment will involve plenty of rest and rebuilding the muscles in the legs to support the joint. In some cases surgery is needed to repair the torn ligament.

    Bone fractures

    Bone fractures can range in severity from minor hairline fractures to compound open fractures that take surgery and rehabilitation to repair. Open fractures are easy to identify, but stress fractures, which are common in long-distance runners, may not be immediately diagnosed as fractures. Therefore, athletes need to be careful to listen to pain in the body and rest when they need to.

    Concussions

    Even among professional athletes, concussions are a serious concern. Any head injury should be thoroughly evaluated to check if there is a concussion. Players should be cautious in returning to practice, as concussions can cause lingering symptoms that last long after the injury occurred.

    Muscle strains

    The repetitive actions and intense practices of athletes can cause stress in the muscles that results in pain, stiffness, and swelling. Muscle strains usually heal naturally after plenty of rest, but they should be seen by a doctor to ensure that a fracture or sprain is not the true source of symptoms.

    For the care you need to stay on top of your performance as an athlete, connect with the Sports Medicine Center at Largo Medical Center. You can explore our services online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse FREE physician referral line at (727) 470-6826. 

    The Power of Anxiety

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Even if you don’t have an anxiety disorder, you may already know the power of anxiety. Everyone gets nervous or scared in certain situations, but for some this anxiety can be a paralyzing problem.

    This video shares one woman’s story of dealing with severe anxiety, which has affected her for her entire adult life. Her trouble with anxiety began with the death of her grandfather, which spurred a fear of death resulting in obsessive compulsive behaviors.

    Are you struggling with overwhelming anxiety in your daily life? To take back control over your feelings of anxiety, visit Largo Medical Center’s website (and add link to our website) for their Behavioral Health Services. 

    Tips for Staying Safe While Playing Sports

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Athletes from weekend warriors to professionals need to be careful during play and practice to avoid injuries like broken bones, soft tissue tears, and overuse injuries. There are several ways to protect yourself from sports injuries with good practices on the field and off.

    By strengthening your muscles in the gym, you can keep your joints and bones protected from injuries and remain more flexible. When you are on the field, you should always wear appropriate safety gear that is well-fitted and in good condition. As you get tired, it is important to take breaks and rest any sore muscles or joints.

    You can find care from orthopedic surgery to physical therapy to help you overcome sports injuries and stay at the top of your game. For a closer look at the Sports Medicine Center at Largo Medical Center, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (727) 470-6826. 




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