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“Centering” Pregnancy at Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers a “Centering” program for moms-to-be. “Centering” allows expectant moms to be more involved in their care through health assessments, education and support in a group setting.

During two-hour sessions, women undergo regular health assessments with a physician or midwife, including belly checks and heart tones. then, the group discusses topics related to pregnancy and parenting.

Laern more in the WIS-TV news story below, featuring Lexington Women’s Care OB/GYN Valerie Skinner leading a “Centering” class.

Topics at “Centering” sessions include pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth and motherhood, baby care, breastfeeding, childproofing your house and baby milestones.

For more information about “Centering,” Call Lexington Women’s Care at (803) 936-8100.

Stand Up to Improve Back Health

You might think that sitting down and staying still is best for your back. But Dr. Scott Boyd of Lexington Brain and Spine Institute at Lexington Medical Center says that a sedentary job can actually hurt your back. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Boyd says it’s best to stand every 20 minutes during the day at the office. Changing positions throughout the day and refraining from sitting all the time will help keep your back on track. He explains more in the video below.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE at Lexington Medical Center

Are you at risk of developing diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association’s most recent statistics:

diabetes2~Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. That’s nearly ten percent of the population.
~Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
~Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes®.
~African-Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

Are YOU at risk?
• Age: Over 40 years old. Traditionally, insulin resistance increases with age.
• Sex: Men have a higher risk of being undiagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes than women. That’s likely from not going to the doctor on a regular basis.
• If you are a woman, did you have gestational diabetes during pregnancy? If so, this increases your risk of developing diabetes.
• Race/Ethnicity: Asian, African-American, Hispanic, East Indian or Native Americans are at great risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than Caucasians.
• Family History: Do your grandparents, parents, or siblings have Type 2 diabetes? If so, the American Diabetes Association states you have a 50% greater risk of developing diabetes
• Activity Level: Leading a sedentary lifestyle (regardless of the other risk factors) increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
• BMI >30: Although people with normal BMI’s can develop diabetes, being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes at a younger age.

While you can not change your age, sex, race/ethnicity or family history you CAN change or control your weight/BMI and how active you are. Taking a quote from the November/December, 2015 issue of Diabetes Self Management magazine: Remember, over 40 and overweight – Request a Hgb A1c test every year to measure your blood sugar control.

Stop Diabetes® is a registered trademark of the American Diabetes Association advocacy program to bring awareness to diabetes and diabetes research.

Join Lexington Medical Center for a FREE diabetes health fair inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The event will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. All community members are invited to attend.