Type 1 vs Type 2: What's the Difference?
Jun 13, 2013
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone necessary to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into the energy needed for daily life.  In the San Luis Valley, we have a significantly higher death rate of diabetes than the rest of Colorado....
Prevent Diabetes with Diet & Exercise
Jun 13, 2013
If you have pre-diabetes, you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also are at increased risk of developing heart disease. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes. Those with pre-...
6 Steps to a Healthier You
Jun 3, 2013
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for physical activity: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Engage in regular physical activity. Avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible following diagnosis. Aim to exercise at least 150 minutes...
Cancer Screening Recommendations
Jun 3, 2013
The following guidelines were compiled by the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40...
Center High School Student Advocates for Healthy Relationships
May 30, 2013
The following article was written by a student at Center High School who is active in their anti-bullying campaign.  The author hopes to spread hope and encouragement to others from her experience in an unhealthy and abusive relationship.  As she says, ... there are too many great fish in the sea...
Cardiologist Talks About Atrial Fibrillation
May 28, 2013
J. Lee Grigsby, the Valley’s first full time cardiologist, explains how atrial fibrillation works and how they affect the heart during a recent lunch and learn at SLV Health. More than five million Americans are estimated to have atrial fibrillation, an irregular rhythm originating from the upper...
Stress Relaxation Techniques
May 10, 2013
Relaxation techniques are an essential part of stress management. If you’re an overachiever, you may put relaxation low on your priority list. Don’t shortchange yourself. There are active ways of achieving relaxation. Relaxation is invaluable for maintaining your health and well-being, and...
Stress Basics
May 2, 2013
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life. Surveys show that most Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year. In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for...
Protect Your Health: Test for STDs
Apr 18, 2013
By Sara Jose, Alamosa Planned Parenthood Manager April is National STD Awareness Month.  According to new data from the CDC, sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people: there are now about 20 million new infections in the United States each...
Improving Your Worst Eating Habits
Apr 15, 2013
Different strokes for different folks.It’s a mantra that still rings true in the world of eating healthy. Once you reach a milestone, say a certain number of months or a weight goal, you may feel the urge to nix your restrictive diet and go back to your old lifestyle. But this may be because you...

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