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On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness news for all Oklahomans.

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Rotator Cuff Injuries: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

The musculoskeletal system is one of the most extensive parts of the human body. In this intricate layout, muscles stretch across bones and are connected by ligaments and tendons. Joints then attach them to bones to allow for movement. We share the basics on rotator cuff injuries, when you should seek treatment and what your path to recovery may look like.

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What Older Adults Should Know about Eating Bad Carbs

Aging brings about many changes. Your metabolism slows down, aches and pains become more commonplace and your mind may not be as sharp as it once was. It can be easy to let your food awareness slip and focus less on nutrition. We talk about the importance of eating healthy as you age. More specifically, we explain the impact bad carbohydrates can have on your body and mind.

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How To Avoid Frailty As We Age

Frailty makes daily life more difficult, uncomfortable and dangerous. Frailty syndrome is a diagnosis defined by age-related decreases in normal/daily function. It sounds a little vague, but what it comes down to is loss of muscle, stamina, endurance, general fitness and sometimes weight. Diagnostic criteria also include easy exhaustion, slowness and low levels of physical activity. The definition also may include the presence of two or more chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer or others.

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Make End-of-Life Planning a Priority with a Living Will

Why should everyone, regardless of age, have a Living Will? Think of it as a gift to your family so they don’t have to agonize over health care decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

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What Happens When You Neglect Your Health?

What’s the worst that could happen if you avoid the doctor’s office? Better yet, why do you even need a doctor if you’re not sick? The answer: many benign health problems can easily become an issue without proper oversight. We’re here to explore exactly what happens when you neglect your health and why you should prioritize regular checkups.

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How to Spot Depression in Loved Ones

One in five Americans is affected by mental illness. While common, it can sometimes be difficult to spot in loved ones. To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we highlight the signs and symptoms of depression, what to look for in your loved ones and the steps you can take to help if a loved one is depressed.

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How to Detect Senior Memory Loss Early

February is National Senior Independence Month, which focuses on giving senior citizens confidence and independence through household safety, use of technology and more. Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. You may notice that you or your loved one forgets their keys or has trouble recalling names and dates. These types of things are a natural part of getting older, but not all memory loss is the same.

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Common Orthopedic Injuries in Winter

To help keep you and your family safe this winter, David B. Parker, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, provides information and insight into common orthopedic injuries during the colder months some tips on how to stay safe.

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The Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like everything else this year, the holidays will be different than normal due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are surging around the world, making this holiday season even more uncertain. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidelines to help you assess the risk level of various holiday celebrations, so you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Pain

Oftentimes patients find it difficult to grasp the right words to describe pain, or they worry they’ll unintentionally exaggerate it or minimize it through the words they use. Inaccurate descriptions can lead to misdiagnoses, misaligned treatments to manage the pain or an ailment going undiagnosed altogether. To arm you with the vernacular you need to describe pain during your next doctor’s visit, we put together a guide to help you and your physician see eye to eye on your pain level so you can get to work alleviating or managing it.

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Different Types of Mental Health Providers

When you're struggling with your mental health, finding the treatment and practitioner right for you can be daunting, which is why we’ve broken down the different mental health professionals by their treatment processes and licensures.

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Do You Need a Digital Detox?

Technology has improved our lives in many ways. But like anything in life, too much can sometimes lead to harm. Have you ever thought about trying a digital detox to give your mind and body a rest? It can be just as beneficial as eating your daily vegetables.

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Gaining Weight the Healthy Way

While it seems everyone is always trying to lose weight, there's a significant number of people who want to gain weight, too. Being underweight can be just as dangerous as being obese, but if you do need to gain weight, what's the best way to do it healthily? An INTEGRIS dietitian explains.

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Myths and Facts About Wearing a Mask

There has been much debate about wearing masks and misinformation has spread online. Let’s clear the air (so to speak) about the most common misconceptions regarding masks.

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What You Should Know About Common Lung Diseases Including COVID-19

With the novel coronavirus constantly in the news, you probably think about your lungs quite often these days. For many, breathing is second nature. But millions of people deal with lung diseases that affect the basic ability to inhale and exhale. We sought the help of INTEGRIS Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Rolfe to shed more light on common lung diseases, including COVID-19.

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How to Help Older Neighbors During COVID-19

Social distancing can have an especially negative impact on one of society’s most at-risk groups: the elderly. You may want to help but might feel awkward just assuming an elderly neighbor needs help. Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation.

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How to Wash Your Hands to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Washing your hands is one of the simplest ways to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of disease to others. Here's how to do it right.

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Aging With Purpose Through Volunteering

As the saying goes, “Aging isn’t for wimps.” The changes people experience as they grow older can be traumatic for some. However, a growing amount of research shows that feeling useful makes the transition to the golden years much easier for many people. As we celebrate National Senior Independence Month, there's scientific proof that volunteering keeps your brain and body strong.

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How Seniors Can Keep Independence As Long As Possible

As we get older, most of us wish to remain independent for as long as we can. Many adult children struggle with finding the right balance between keeping their elderly loved ones safe with the care they need while also helping them preserve their independence. The good news is that both are possible with some planning and modifications.

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The Top 19 Blog Posts of 2019

To recognize 2019 — and as a way to usher in 2020 — we've collected the 19 most popular On Your Health blog posts of 2019. From new food fads and trends to specific male and female issues, readers were interested in a variety of preventive methods to assist in overall health and wellness.

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