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5 gifts to give yourself for good health

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Holiday gifts wrapped in red paper with silver ribbons and bows in a holiday setting with snow, greens and lights.

Wrap your arms around some wellness.

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of good health and wellness.

Here are five ways to do that.

Make sure you’re hearing properly.

Schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation with Hearing Center BayCare Clinic or take its online hearing screening to get an idea of what you’re hearing and what you’re not.

Half of Americans with hearing loss are younger than 65. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression and a greater chance of developing dementia. Conversely, people with untreated hearing loss can be misdiagnosed as having dementia. Also, 1 in 8 children has a measurable hearing loss, which can affect learning and socializing.

Make sure you’re seeing properly.

No matter your age, schedule regular eye exams with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.

For adults, many eye diseases show no symptoms until significant – and sometimes irreversible – damage has been done. Eye exams screen for glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other underlying health issues.

Healthy vision is critical to learning and development for young people. A child’s first eye exam should be just before starting school, or around age 5. Some children pass school vision screenings but may develop vision-related issues that can include headaches and difficulty in reading and learning.

Take care of your skin.

Summer is long gone, but sun-damaged skin may linger. Sun damage can cause age spots, dark spots, uneven pigmentation, freckles, moles and even fine lines and wrinkles.

Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists BayCare Clinic offers a wide range of laser and light treatments that may provide effective, prolonged results for these conditions.

Our providers are embracing new laser and light technology to treat sun-damaged skin and conditions that include acne scars, skin laxity, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, scarring, stretch marks, wrinkles and certain types of birth marks.

Evaluate your risk for heart disease.

Schedule a heart scan with Aurora BayCare Cardiology. Also known as cardiac calcium score screening, it’s a non-invasive CT scan that detects artery-clogging calcified plaque that could lead to heart disease or heart attack.

Who should get one? People over 35 without heart disease or a pacemaker who have at least two of these risk factors: men over 45, women over 55, obesity, physically inactive, diabetes, family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure or smoking.

The 15-minute screening costs $49, self-pay only. Score results usually available with 48 hours. No referral necessary. To learn more or to schedule a heart scan, call 920-288-3300.

Stay fit, eat right and maintain a healthy weight.

It seems so simple. Be active. Eat healthy. Improve your well-being. Feel great.

But that isn’t necessarily easy for people who are overweight, especially those who aren’t physically active.

It’s worth the effort, though. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight may lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes (high blood sugar), high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and certain kinds of cancer.

For those who need help with losing weight, Aurora BayCare offers a medical weight loss program and bariatric surgery options. To learn more, call 877-677-5384 or request an appointment online.

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Author: Jeff Ash