STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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Thermography is an excellent preventative health screening for men, women and children of all ages. Half and whole body screenings can be used to monitor therapy progress or regression of certain disease or treatments. Thermography body screenings may help with early detection of arthritis, vascular inflammation, joint or bone disease, thyroid screenings, fibromyalgia, RSD, abdominal pain, lymphatic and inflammatory concerns and much more.

What is Thermography?

You may be surprised to learn that thermography is not a new technology. It’s been around for 30 years and is backed by hundreds of peer review studies. The way thermography, or thermal imaging, works is based on how cancer cells grow. Typically, when cancer cells are growing and multiplying in a tumor, blood flow is very fast in that area. Increased blood flow makes skin temperature increase. This rise in skin temperature is what breast thermography is aiming to detect.  But we aren’t just looking at temperature alone; we can detect subtle changes in the breasts based on symmetry. We can see clear abnormalities in one breast in comparison to the other.


Breast thermography is a non-invasive physical screening. It is also "non-compressive," which means that it does not put force on, or squeeze, the breast, as is the case with breast mammography exams. In fact, thermography is done without touching your body at all. Some people are worried about the force put on breasts in a mammogram, so prefer the idea of a thermograph. Thermography is perfectly safe for women with implants or any type of breast surgery. It’s ideal for those with dense breasts where mammograms might not be able to see through the fibrous breast tissue. It’s also not age specific. Woman of any age can have a thermogram. However, this type of breast health screening is particularly useful for people under the age of 50.  

THERMOGRAPHY - THERMAL IMAGING FOR EARLY DETECTION

BECKY GAITHER

Becky Gaither is a Level 3 Advanced Clinical Thermographer and has been screening clients in and around the Lexington area for 7 years. Bluegrass Thermography offers breast screenings, half-body and whole-body screenings. To schedule a screening or for more information, please call 859.489.5000. SAVE 10% ON YOUR SCREENING WHEN YOU CALL BY 7/31/17.

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Do I still need a Mammogram?

We believe thermography should be viewed as complementary and not competitive to mammography. They are two different types of screenings and therefore "see" different things. In fact using the two together can be more effective. Studies have shown the 84% sensitivity rate for mammograms went up to 95% when thermography was added as a health screenings.


All with all breasts screenings, thermography has its limitations. It cannot diagnose breast cancer on its own; pathology in a laboratory is needed to diagnose cancer. So when a suspicious thermogram is seen, further screening using other modalities and following up with your health care provider is very important.


Until there is a cure for breast cancer we feel progress must be made in the fields of early detection and risk evaluation coupled with sound clinical decision making. Thermography fills a much needed gap in breast and health screenings.


Not just a Breast Screening

Thermography is so much more than a breast screening tool for woman.