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    The Power of Anxiety

    Last updated 4 years 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 4 years 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. 

    Living with Diabetes

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, your lifestyle choices will be an integral component of your diabetes management. You may be aware of the right steps to keep your diabetes in check—diet, exercise, and regular doctor visits—but positive changes in these areas can be easier said than done. To make the important changes for your health that really stick, use these techniques to get on track for your lifelong health

    Redesign your surroundings

    You can support better eating habits at home and at work by creating a healthier environment with smaller plates, nutritious snack options, and more fresh vegetables. By keeping unhealthy options out of your way in your normal routine, you won’t have to battle temptation as often. You might also set healthy reminders yourself so that you drink more water and check your blood sugar when you need to.

    Make a commitment to get moving

    The most important part of exercise is finding an activity you enjoy doing. As long as you get about three hours of physical activity each week, you will be on the right track with your exercise routine. Reserve time in your schedule to make sure that you prioritize your exercise every week.

    Find new rewards when you achieve goals

    You might set goals in weight loss, fitness, or improving different aspects of your health. As you reach your goals, you should avoid the temptation to reward yourself with sweet treats or cocktails. Explore other ways to reward your progress and remember the reasons that you want to remain dedicated to your health.

    To learn more ways that you can manage your diabetes and create a brighter future for your health, contact Largo Medical Center through our Consult-A-Nurse FREE physician referral line at (727) 470-6826. If weight management is a problem for your diabetes, our Bariatric Surgery Program can help you achieve your goals where other weight loss programs have failed. 

    Behavioral Health Overview: Anxiety

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Many may be familiar with anxiety as a reaction to stress or emotional situations, but for some anxiety can be a persistent problem interrupting a person’s daily routine. There are many types of anxiety disorders recognized by physicians—including panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. In each of these disorders, patients may have irrational fears or obsessive worries in situations that may otherwise only cause minor concerns and embarrassment. Below is a closer look at the facts about anxiety disorders to help you break misconceptions about these conditions.

    Anxiety disorder realities

    Where a job interview or presentation may present jitters in some people, those suffering from an anxiety disorder may experience panic attacks, recurring nightmares, or irrational avoidance of objects and locations. It can be incredibly difficult for anxiety sufferers to confront stimuli in an uncontrolled environment, so overcoming anxiety disorders without the guidance of a behavioral specialist may be a great source of stress.

    Statistics up close

    Anxiety disorders are not uncommon, as about 40 million Americans are coping with some type of anxiety disorder. Only about one third of these individuals seek treatment, but these conditions are highly treatable through therapy, medication, and alternative methods.

    Treatments and management

    Many physicians will prescribe medication at the same time as therapy to help patients manage anxiety from a physical and mental approach. Complementary therapies like stress and relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and yoga are also effective for some patients. However, patients should not try any alternative therapies without consulting a physician and creating a coordinated care plan.

    The Dedicated Adult Behavioral Health Program at Largo Medical Center is designed to provide patients with the welcoming, supportive care needed for effective management of conditions like anxiety disorder. The program also features a 7-Bed Behavioral Health ER specifically for mental crises. For a physician referral to help you overcome anxiety disorders, call (727) 470-6826 for our Consult-A-Nurse  FREE physician referral line.


    What You Need to Know About Diabetes

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have diabetes, you need to be careful about eating too many fats. Some fats can raise your cholesterol level, which can put you at higher risk for heart disease. However, certain types of cholesterol—known as HDLs—are actually good for your arteries, and it’s just as important to include these in your diet as it is to avoid bad cholesterol, known as LDLs. To learn how to tell the difference between good and bad cholesterol, watch this video.

    Serving the greater Largo community, Largo Medical Center offers a wide variety of medical services, from heart and cardiovascular treatment to cancer care. If you would like to learn more about our services, visit our website or call (727) 470-6826.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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