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Staying Healthy – Style

Here’s some tips on how to stay healthy. This is especially important for all of you freshmen who just went or are about to go off to college. Eat 4 or 5 meals a day. If your still doing the breakfast, lunch, and dinner thing, that’s good. However, try to eat less for these meals and add another 1 or 2 meals in a day. Eating more frequently helps keep off weight  Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. If you don’t have a gym membership, go get one. Not only can you keep the weight off at the gym, you can meet other people. If just can’t afford a gym membership take a walk, run, or go for a bike ride. If you’re worried about the weather, buy a treadmill or exercise bike. Eat foods that you know are healthy for you, especially fruits and vegetables. If you don’t know how to cook take the time to, it’s really not that hard.   Get outside and get some sun. It can help with your complexion and skin. Don’t burn yourself though, that will give you skin cancer. Stop smoking and quit drinking. […]

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Genetic Testing

My father had colon cancer at a very young age. Because of this I am going to have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. Colon cancer is certainly a cancer that can be stopped before it becomes serious. All that needs to be done is finding a polyp and removing, but if a polyp is not found due to not have a colonscopy, then you can have colon cancer. In recent years genetic testing as become a tool that parents can use to determine if their sons or daughters are more susceptible to certain types of cancers. However, it is important to remember that even if you test negative for a certain disease, the risk does not go away. A year or so ago my father can genetic testing done on him to determine the likelihood of his children to develop colon cancer. Even though the tests results did come back negative, I still have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. The Mayo Clinic offers a lot of advice surrounding genetic testing. To view their thoughts and suggestions click here

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