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Quit Smoking With Help from Lexington Medical Center

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show that as much as 21% of adults in Lexington County, South Carolina smoke. Our hospital offers a lung cancer screening program for early detection of lung cancer as well as a free smoking-cessation program.

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer at Lexington Medical Center and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Often, it’s not caught until it’s too late to provide effective treatment. The lung cancer screening program assists with early detection in high-risk patients.

Screening participants who still smoke are referred to Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation class, which takes place at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington once a week.

Our hospital clinicians talked about these programs on WLTX this month. You can view the interview below.

The lung cancer screening costs $149, which is about the cost of three cartons of cigarettes. The Lung Cancer Alliance recently named Lexington Medical Center a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for its efforts to diagnose patients with early-stage lung cancer.

For more information about lung cancer screenings, please call (803) 936-8050.

4.1.1The smoking-cessation class lasts eight weeks. It’s open to anyone who wants to quit smoking and, because of a generous grant from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, it’s free. Participants also have an above-average success rate.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180.

Diabetes Self Management During the Holidays

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD, LD, CDE at LMC

Managing diabetes can be a daily struggle. The American Association of Diabetes Educators has a list of 7 Self-Care Behaviors to help people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors ™
• Eating healthier
• Being physically active
• Monitoring blood glucose
• Taking medication as prescribed
• Solving problems in unusual situations
• Reducing the risk of complications
• Coping with stress and emotional issues

Each one of the behaviors takes time and patience to make apart of your new lifestyle. Let’s look at eating healthier. That can mean many different things depending on your current dietary intake and cultural background. Simply put eating healthier is first about portion control and limiting the number of carbohydrates (starches, fruit, milk/yogurt) per meal. Often, that’s more difficult than it sounds, especially during the holiday season. It’s November which means for most of us we are planning to enjoy at least one big meal with lots of potential carbohydrates. So, how can we eat what we love and love what we eat? Balance and moderation!

ThanksgivingFirst try to maintaining a normal meal pattern of 3 moderate sized meals consumed at approximately the same time. Keeping a regular meal time schedule will help prevent becoming overly hungry; this is especially important during the holidays

Second, balancing carbohydrate intake is important. For example, if dressing/stuffing or sweet potato casserole are dishes you look forward to all year let’s enjoy them! However, since they are a carbohydrate consider leaving the rolls which you can eat any day. This is a good way to help balance and moderate carbohydrate intake and blood sugar. Remember the hidden carbohydrate in the holiday meal – gravy! A little is good; a lot can mean a higher blood sugar and extra calories.

Last but not least, another way to help control and balance carbohydrate intake during the holidays is to remember veggies! Vegetables are very low in carbohydrates and calories and high in vitamins and minerals. One and a half cups of cooked vegetables or three cups raw are equal to one ½ cup of mashed potatoes (no gravy) – so add more vegetables to your plate!

From the American Institute for Cancer Research website: a colorful, lower carbohydrate and tasty addition to any holiday meal.

Photo Courtesy: Pioneer Thinking

Photo Courtesy: Pioneer Thinking

Beet Salad with Peaches and Walnuts
2 medium cooked red beets, sliced 1/4-inch
2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. minced mint leaves (reserve a few sprigs for garnish)
1 tsp. minced thyme (reserve a few sprigs for garnish)
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
2 cups sliced peaches without skin (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta)

On platter arrange beets and tomato slices. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In large mixing bowl combine shallot, mint, thyme, oil, lemon juice and honey. Stir well to combine. Add peach wedges and gently toss to coat.

Arrange peach mixture over beets and tomatoes. Top salad with walnuts and cheese, garnish with mint and thyme sprigs and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 197 calories, 11 g total fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 6 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 58 mg sodium.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Samir R. Shah, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Samir R. Shah, MD to the hospital’s network of care as a surgeon at Lexington Surgical Associates. Offering exceptional care at three convenient locations, the board-certified surgeons at the practice specialize in general, vascular, thoracic, breast and colorectal surgical options, including conventional and minimally invasive surgery.

Samir Shah, MD

Samir Shah, MD

Dr. Shah graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and earned his medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He went on to complete his surgical residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey before completing clinical and research fellowships for colon and rectal surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

A member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and a Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Candidate, Dr. Shah has professional certifications from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons for da Vinci® multiport surgery and neuromodulation. His extensive surgical experience includes benign and malignant rectal pathology with da Vinci robotic surgery, transanal endoscopic microsurgery and implantation of sacral nerve stimulators.

Dr. Shah is accepting new patients.

Lexington Surgical Associates
2728 Sunset Blvd., Suite 104
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-2722