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    When Should You Consider Having Your First Colonoscopy?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    A colonoscopy is a screening that can identify colon cancer while the disease is still localized and highly treatable. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in both men and women, so screening with a colonoscopy is important for everyone.

    The most significant risk factor for colon cancer is age, so you will probably not have to have a colonoscopy until you reach age 50 with repeat screenings every 10 years following normal results. However, if you have other risk factors such as a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, you may need to have your first screening at an earlier age.

    The best way to learn the right time for your screening is by consulting your doctor. You can connect with a physician for your preventive care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where you will also find a wide range of digestive disease screening services offered on site. To find a physician for your needs, visit our website or call our healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

    A Glance at Suicide Prevention

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Suicide doesn’t just affect individuals who take their own lives; it can also be devastating for the friends, family members, educators, and coworkers of those individuals. For this reason, suicide prevention is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which encourages everyone to reach out for help with this video. Anyone can help in the prevention of suicide, just as anyone can be affected by this tragedy.

    If you know of someone who is considering suicide or you are having suicidal thoughts, you can reach out to Regional Medical Center of San Jose for resources to help you. Call us at (408) 259-4000 to explore the mental health resources available in the Bay Area for yourself or a loved one.

    Surprising Ways Smoking Can Impact Your Health

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Most people are familiar with the significant effects that smoking can have on respiratory and cardiac health, but there are many other ways that cigarette smoking can damage the body. While the risk of heart disease and lung cancer should be a significant motivator to help you quit, there are several other conditions that you may have never thought about as a consequence of cigarette smoking. This article will take a look at some of the more shocking ways that smoking might take a toll on your health before you ever see the signs of cardiac or respiratory issues. 

    Accelerated Aging

    Smoking can speed up the aging process, allowing premature wrinkles and sagging skin to appear and add years to your appearance. The effects are more than skin-deep, as smoking can also lead to brittle bones and weakening of the body’s muscles. Years of smoking might diminish your athletic performance and limit your physical activity, further compounding the negative effects of this bad habit.

    Poor Dental Health

    You may quickly notice that smoking can turn the teeth yellow, and this is only the first issue that arises with dental health in smokers. People who smoke are often suffering from periodontal disease and tooth decay, which can lead to problems throughout the rest of the body and require costly treatment with dentures or dental implants.


    Both men and women may have a decline in fertility due to cigarette smoking. Smoking during pregnancy or being exposed to secondhand smoke can cause even greater issues with a high chance for birth defects and premature birth. Reproductive health in female smokers may be affected later in life as well with early menopause.

    During the month of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit with the Great American Smokeout, which can show you the benefits of quitting for one day. To follow up with your effort to quit and kick the habit for life, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose on our website or at (408) 259-4000. 

    What Are the Best Foods to Eat When You Have Diabetes?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can benefit from a healthy diet that allows the body to get more energy from food without significant spikes in blood sugar that could lead to complications. Knowing the staples of a diabetes-friendly diet is the most effective way to manage what you eat so that you always know which options are the best go-to foods for quick meals and occasions when you dine out.

    The foods you should eat the most of when you have diabetes are those that are nutrient dense and take a long time for the body to break down. These foods include high-fiber, high-protein options like beans, leafy green vegetables, fish, whole grains, berries, and sweet potatoes. Things to avoid eating regularly are simple starches like potatoes and white bread as well as sweets, fried foods, and fatty red meat.

    As you take charge of your health to minimize the effects of diabetes in your life, consider Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s H2U program, which offers healthy guidelines for any lifestyle. Regional Medical Center is a Bay Area leader in medical care across a wide range of medical specialties, and you can reach us by calling (408) 259-4000. 

    Signs That your Child Could Have Type 1 Diabetes

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Juvenile or type 1 diabetes accounts for only 5% of diabetes diagnoses, but it is an area of significant diabetes research since its causes are less clear than type 2 diabetes and other forms of this disease. It is often referred to as juvenile diabetes due to the frequency of diagnoses in adolescents, but the disease can arise at any age. When type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in childhood, it may be due to these characteristic signs noticed by parents as their child gets older.

    Trouble Gaining Weight

    Older children who develop type 1 diabetes may begin to lose weight unexpectedly, while younger patients might not be growing at a normal rate even with a healthy appetite. Children with type 1 diabetes struggle with staying in a normal weight range because their bodies begin to break down muscle tissue to make up for lost energy that is not being broken down from food sources.

    Abnormal Thirst

    Diabetes can cause frequent urination as the kidneys recognize abnormally high glucose in the blood stream. As a result, children may be abnormally thirsty and need to drink a large volume of water to stay hydrated.

    Chronic Fatigue

    When the body cannot use glucose properly, a child may become frequently tired and have trouble focusing. Even children who get the recommended amount of sleep each night may often feel tired and worn out as type 1 diabetes develops.

    New Health Issues

    Sometimes the signs for type 1 diabetes may be general signals that something is wrong. For example, if a young girl has a vaginal yeast infection before reaching puberty, she may have type 1 diabetes.

    For diabetes education and emergency care to manage sudden diabetes complications or warning signs, you can trust the caring staff of Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We are available through our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 259-4000, or you can reach us on our website for a closer look at our services. 

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