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This year is the year! Advice on healthy 2020

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New Year, same old resolutions. If you are one of those who want to start the new year by taking care of yourself, we would like you to take note of some pieces of advice so that, this year, you can make it happen.

 

A real motivation

The fact that we are starting a new year should not be a reason for us to eat more or less healthily, just like we should not start our diet only on Mondays. If you were already warned by a doctor of your mild hypertension, overweight, or any other indication whereby prevention is the key rather than cure, you should be even more aware of the health benefits of watching your diet. Health is not sold in the pharmacy and your body is the only one you will have in this lifetime, so taking care of yourself has to be your number 1 priority.

 

Plan and conquer

A good plan is crucial. Every good project starts with planning, and your health deserves a few minutes spent writing down your aims and plan of action. A list of goals and benefits will help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. And do it before January the 1st, with particular dates on the mind and write it down in a document that is easy to consult later, whether you diary which you always have on you, in your mobile phone or stick it on your fridge door.

 

Marking a realistic goal

Take advantage of the SMART method, to set real and consistent goals. ‘S’ is for simple, ‘M’ for measurable, ‘A’ of achievable, ‘R’ of realistic and ‘T’ of time. For example, stop eating fried foods, sweets and pastries, walk 20 minutes a day and weigh yourself every 15 days, taking note of your progress.

 

Healthy diet

Food is key to our healthy lifestyle. Start the day with regular healthy breakfast, eat more vegetables, fruits and legumes, and try to drink alcohol as little as possible. Better to drink water than soft drinks and use sweeteners instead of sugar. And should you require, Vithas Xanit’s Endocrinology and Nutrition Department will help you plan this goal better.

 

A health check-up to rule out ailments

It sounds serious, although, at a certain age, it is always better to prevent it rather than having to cure it. We are talking about specific cases such as in women aged 45 and over (breast cancer incidences) or in men aged 50 and over (prostate problems), which by all means are not trivial. A health check-up will help you to concentrate, professionally and expertly, on those goals fundamental to achieving your healthy lifestyle for this prosperous 2020. As always, at Vithas Xanit we are here for you, whatever needs you might have.

Childhood obesity: how to help children have a healthy weight

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various, Xanit salud | Posted on 13-01-2020

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In recent years the percentage of obese children has been much higher than 20 years ago, when there was no talk of improving healthy lifestyle habits among children, according to the Paediatrics Department at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Obviously, over the course of years, we have changed our way of living and that has harmed our health. As a society in general, we are increasingly leading a sedentary lifestyle, we are subjected to stress and the level of pollution increases day by day. The Mediterranean diet that we are so proud of is being swapped for processed meals, we do not sit down to eat with the family and do not exercise enough.

To try to understand the danger of childhood obesity and how to overcome it, we spoke with a specialist in this topic: Dr Pablo Ercoli, a paediatrician at Vithas Xanit International Hospital. The first question that we would like to ask the specialist is obvious:

 

From what parameters can you say that a child is obese?

By linking the weight and height of the child, we can get a parameter called Body Mass Index (BMI). If we compare it with a population of the same age and sex, we will be able to know if, within these parameters, the index is high or low, which is quantified by the so-called percentiles. In this case, percentiles express the percentage of the population with a lower BMI than the studied individual. Children between the 90th and 97th percentile would be defined as overweight patients. Those above the 97th percentile would fall within the definition of obesity.

 

Consequences of obesity on children’s health

Today we know that obesity is a proinflammatory state, which worsens the current and also future health of the child (diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, etc.). Specifically, it generates various problems, from joint pain, back pain or trouble breathing well, especially when sleeping. There are also other triggers for childhood obesity, such as increasingly evident problems arising at school in the form of bullying, which is usually what makes the child and the family consult a specialist.

As previously said, as likely health consequences, in adulthood obese children will suffer from hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, heart problems to name a few. It goes without saying that it is always better to prevent these pathologies rather than having to fight them later on in life!

Are there differences between the feeding of a boy and a girl?

Healthy and varied eating should be the same for everyone, although it is true, for example, that in adolescence more iron intake is recommended for girls and more calories in boys.

As for the recommended daily calories, they depend closely on the age and specific needs of each child. Although paediatricians usually calculate individual caloric needs, it is generally better to focus on healthy eating, without calorie numbers as we adults do.

 

Healthy foods for proper feeding of children

In general, children should eat everything, as long as it is healthy.

Fruits and vegetables can never be missed. It is advisable to eat three pieces of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables a day, 5 in total, like the fingers of one hand! And if both are seasonal, it’s better.

Fish and legumes are also very important. Another food that can never be missing to accompany our meals is olive oil, however, in the amounts recommended for its high caloric load.

Also, there is increasing emphasis on the importance of the consumption of natural nuts, and processed nuts (fried, salted, ticked, etc.) should be avoided.

Finally, we will have to avoid processed and ultra-processed foods, excess salt, sugars, fats and proteins. Avoid specially packaged juices, pastries and sugary drinks.

 

Fewer fresh juices and more fruit pieces for children

Let’s take orange juice as an example. To fill a glass, squeezing without pulp, we will need about six oranges. That brings us too many sugars.

Besides, its absorption rate, which is called the “glycemic index”, is also essential. By extracting the juice from any fruit we make this glycemic index much higher, almost similar to that of refined sugars (sweets, pastries, etc.), which has known negative effects on health. Taking the whole fruit, in addition to reducing the net amount of sugar that is ingested, causes that, thanks to the pulp and the rest of its components, the glycemic index is considerably reduced, which results in a very positive way in health.

Therefore, it is certainly preferable to eat one or two whole oranges than a glass of natural juice made from several squeezed oranges.

 

How parents should act with an overweight child

The first thing is to assume that there is a problem and that it also has a solution.

A correct diet and proper exercise will make your child enjoy a full, healthy life now and when they grow up.

Overweight, obesity and undernourishment can be included in the concept of malnutrition. It is likely that even if a single family member has the diagnosis, everyone in the house has dietary habits that can be improved. It makes us think that malnutrition is a family and social problem rather than that of a single person, and that changing habits will improve the quality of life of everyone in the house.

We have to eat again as a family, taking our time, without watching television while we are eating. Going back to the “spoon” meal, grandmother’s recipes and the Mediterranean diet of local products. Besides, if we combine it with exercise, we will have healthy habits for life!

Antibiotics: how to take them responsibly

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Today we mark the European Antibiotics Awareness Day, promoted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and here at Vithas Xanit International, we wanted to join this celebration by highlighting the importance of making a prudent use of antibiotics, since an abusive use of these can cause bacteria to be become resistant to them, which poses a danger to the entire population, as they can lead to infections that are difficult to treat.

For that reason, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has launched a campaign focused on preventing self-medication with antibiotics by the general population so we wanted to share with you their messages of recommendation:

 

What is self-medication

Self-medication consists in taking antibiotics without first consulting a doctor, either by:

  • Using antibiotics left over from previous treatments.
  • Acquiring antibiotics in the pharmacy without a prescription.

 

How we can act

We must consider the following recommendations:

A doctor can only prescribe antibiotics.

If you have been prescribed an antibiotic for a previous illness and have recovered well, it may be tempting to use the same antibiotic when similar symptoms occur. However, we must keep in mind that many pathologies, especially those in winter, may have the same symptoms, but that does not mean that they require the same treatment. Only a doctor can determine whether or not a winter disease requires antibiotic treatment. Therefore, it is recommended that the patient: Do not try to buy antibiotics without a prescription.

  • Do not store antibiotics for later use.
  • Do not take antibiotics left over from previous treatments.
  • Do not share excess antibiotics with others.
  • Do not store excess antibiotic treatments. If you receive more doses ( e. g. tablets or capsules) of antibiotics you have been prescribed, ask your pharmacist how to get rid of excess doses.

Antibiotics can not cure all diseases.

Up to 80% of winter infections affecting the nose, ears, throat and lungs are of viral origin, therefore, taking antibiotics will not help us get rid of them.

Is it the flu or cold what I have? Differences, similarities and how to treat both

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Breathing problems, phlegm, poor overall health… Flu and cold are very similar to the point that, on certain occasions, it is difficult to distinguish between the two pathologies.

Here at Vithas Xanit International Hospital,  we have prepared an article with some clues when in doubt if you are suffering from a common cold or flu and curiosities related to both, as well as general advice on treating them.

 

Differences: Yes, there are some…

It all starts with poor general health and a feeling of cold. Those first symptoms and the degree of virulence and intensity are already giving us a clue which out of two pathologies we are dealing with. The flu tends to be much worse than a cold and usually is followed by a fever that lasts for several days. Also, especially in children and the elderly, there is a greater risk of generating other health problems such as pneumonia.

The time of the year when the flu appears is also another clue. We can suffer from common cold almost at any time of the year. In contrast, the flu has limited its presence between the months of November and March.

 

Once identified, how can we treat it?

Treatment of influenza is fundamentally symptomatic, so it is recommended to drink a lot of liquids, take analgesics and antipyretics (ibuprofen or paracetamol). Acetylsalicylic acid is also a common resource, however, we try no to give it to children under 18 years of age to avoid Reye syndrome.

In both cases and in the light of the symptoms, you may use other drugs such as antihistamines, cough medicine, or nasal vasoconstrictors. On the contrary, we try not to prescribe antibiotics, since both flu and cold are produced by viral, non-bacterial infection.

 

Better to prevent…

We can pretty certainly say, that both influenza and the common cold are two of the most frequent diseases around. That is why a vaccination campaign to prevent influenza has been standardised, usually starting in October. There is no campaign to prevent the cold, as this is a more common ailment.

In the case of influenza, it is essential to call for vaccination within the main risk groups: people 65 years old or older, or people with diabetes mellitus, morbid obesity, kidney failure or liver disease, as well as healthcare or teaching personnel.

 

And how do the flu and cold spread?

The transmission is carried out through saliva, which we expel when sneezing, coughing or talking. In this regard, a greater degree of hands hygiene becomes important and, as far as possible, avoid contact with sick people.

As a fact to keep in mind in older people, influenza does not directly cause death, although it can lead to complications such as an aggravation of chronic respiratory diseases, pneumonia or specific diseases of the patient.

Hand hygiene: Find out why it is so important to wash your hands and how to do it correctly

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15th of October marks World Hand Hygiene Day, a UNICEF-led event born in 2008 with the aim of extending good hygiene practices across the globe, especially in developing countries. The United Nations Assembly also designated the same year as the International Year of Sanitation. Therefore, marking this day has an objective to ensure access to sanitation and safe drinking water throughout the world.

Parallel to World Handwashing Day designated by UNICEF for 15th of October, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared 5th of May as World Health Hand Hygiene Day.

In 2009, WHO launched a global campaign entitled “Save Lives: Wash Your Hands”. Since then, the campaign took place in consecutive years and together with WHO various health ministries, associations for the prevention of infections and private organisations for patient safety have been involved.

The fact that two dates are commemorating the importance of handwashing is an obvious sign of the need to convey this concept to the public. For that reason, in this blog, we would like to raise further awareness of the importance of such a simple gesture as washing hands with the help of Estibaliz Salazar, a nurse in charge of Infection Control and Prevention at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.

Why is hand hygiene so important? Because in our daily activities, we are often in contact with bacteria, viruses and parasites (especially housed in faeces, fluids such as nasal secretions, food or contaminated water) that must be eliminated so that they do not pose a risk to our health. The fact is that, although it does not seem so, proper hand hygiene is just as important as some vaccines or medical interventions, in terms of the prevention of certain diseases. Proper hand hygiene at the right times can even save a life. Besides, if we do it correctly, we will eliminate bacteria that can cause disease, avoid passing bacteria to other people and prevent the spread of diseases that can become serious.

It is important to wash our hands continuously, especially if the hands are dirty, before eating or cooking food and after going to the bathroom or cleaning a baby. If hand hygiene is poor, we can not only catch certain diseases but also pass them onto other people. Also, we can contaminate everything we touch, infecting ourselves and others.

Pathologies such as diarrhoeal diseases or some acute respiratory infections are especially susceptible to their transmission through contaminated hands. Washing hands after going to the toilet and before preparing food help to reduce diarrhoeal diseases by more than 40% and respiratory infections by almost 25%.

 

How should we wash our hands correctly?

The right technique for handwashing is one that reaches all parts of the hands:

 

*Wet hands under running water

*Apply soap (neutral or antiseptic)

* Rub both hands together, insisting on interdigital spaces, nails and wrists

* Rub the palm of one hand on the back of the other by interlocking fingers and vice versa

* Rub the back of the fingers of one hand with the palm of the opposite hand, clutching your fingers

* Hold the thumb with the opposite hand performing rotational movements and vice versa

* Rub the tip of the fingers of one hand on the palm of the other by rotating motion and vice versa, insisting on the soft padded part of the fingers and nails

* Rinse with plenty of running water, preferably cold

* Dry with paper towels

* Close the tap with the paper towel used for drying

 

To maximise the effectiveness of handwashing, some recommendations should be taken into account, starting with the needed time employed for handwashing. Use an adequate amount of soap and plenty of water, dry with disposable paper towels using the same to turn off the tap and avoid repeated exposure of hot water due to the risk of developing dermatitis (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002).

With regard to the time we need to spend on handwashing, it will depend on what product we use for hand hygiene. For example, if done with soap and water the appropriate time would be 40-60 seconds, while if we do it with disinfectant gel or hydroalcoholic solution the appropriate time is approximately 20-30, until complete drying of the product.

 

Use of soap in handwashing

Washing hands only with water is not enough. To wash hands properly we should use soap, which favours the rubbing and removal of microorganisms.

It is advisable to use liquid soap since soap bars can become contaminated with bacteria, skin scales and hand grease As a result, solid soap bars become a repository of microorganisms and could lead to disease transmission rather than a reduction.

 

If you still choose to use soap bars, it would be advisable to rinse them beforehand for a few seconds under running water and then place them on surfaces that favour drying and avoid wet areas, which could promote the growth of bacteria.

Using soap bar is not dangerous, and can be very efficient if done properly, but liquid soap has greater advantages.

 

Sanitising gel in handwashing

Hand hygiene with disinfectant gel, also known as a hydroalcoholic solution due to its alcohol-based composition, is recommended when the hands do not have obvious dirt. It can only be a substitute for washing hands with soap and water in cases where the hands do not present visible dirt, as a mere means of disinfection.

It is not recommended to apply after hand hygiene with soap and water as it could damage the skin.

 

Skincare during hand washing

To take care of our skin during hand washing, we can follow some tips:

* Very hot water should be avoided

* Dry your hands well

* Use Ph soaps suitable for the skin, which are not too aggressive

* In case of using disinfectant gel, do not apply too much, with a little is enough, and rub your hands until the whole product has dried, thus avoiding the evaporation of the product on the skin that could damage it

* Avoid using disinfectant gel after washing with soap and water

* Use a moisturizer on hands

Although many people choose to use gloves to protect the skin, we must be aware that, although the use of gloves is intended to protect the skin of both staff and patients, their use is not a substitute for hand hygiene. Gloves can be damaged, have micropores and can cause contamination of hands during removal. The right thing will be to wear gloves when necessary and to carry out proper hand hygiene afterwards.

With these simple tips, hand washing will be effective and it will further help us to prevent and protect ourselves from pathologies. It is very important to pass such recommendations to the children as UNICEF considers children as the engine of change. That is why, further to promoting activities and campaigns similar to those of the NGOs, the most important thing we can do is to give children an example. Children will do what they see. We would like to see this message spread across the schools and families.

Depression, are we aware of it?

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This week marked the European Day of Depression, a pathology that currently affects a high percentage of the world population and that many specialists even qualify as the epidemic of the 21st century. To better understand depression, today we spoke with Guiomar Travesedo, a psychologist at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.

 

Most people with depression are not aware of it or do not know how to recognise the symptoms. What should we be attentive to?

Further to noticing the typical symptoms of depression, such as sadness, apathy, difficulty in feeling pleasure or joy for things or situations that we have previously enjoyed, there are more indicators that we should be attentive to. People who suffer from depression frequently experience that the feeling of the general malaise is significantly interfering with their lives, work, family or sentimental relationships.

 

Can it affect other aspects of our health?

Depression affects all areas of a person’s life, so it is very important to treat it as, in its most severe form, it can even end up in suicide.

 

And how can we treat depression?

Mild depression can and should (in my opinion) be treated with psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is the most endorsed by specialists, which consists in treating and intervening the patient both at the mental and behavioural level. If we talk about a long-term depression or a more severe form of it, further to therapy we recommend adding the medication also.

 

Specialists indicate that many people are suffering from depression and are not aware of it, is this the case?

It may be that a person has depression and does not know it or does not want to admit it. Still, in most cases, if we talk about major depression, the signs of deterioration are significant enough for the doctor to see them and diagnose depression.

 

There is a lot of talks now about childhood depression… is it true that there are more and more children with depression? Why is it attributed to?

Indeed, there are increasing cases of children with depression, WHO estimates that 2% of children aged 6-12 suffer from depression and in the case of pre-adolescents aged 12-14 it ranges from 4 to 6 per cent.

Depressive symptoms in childhood are similar to those in adults with the exception that they have more common irritability than sadness. Still, it is often difficult to diagnose it because symptoms are confused with the usual emotional changes in a child’s development.

The causes can be very diverse. One of the most booming among psychologists is the excessive load of activities and stimulation that children receive from a very young age (school, extracurricular classes…) and the type of parents education that we see most often in such cases, the so-called overprotector-permissive.

 

Technology: Multiparametric Prostate Resonance

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The prostate is a gland of the male urogenital apparatus, located under the bladder, opposite the rectum with the urethra running through its middle. Through the prostate, urine leaves the bladder, until it is expelled.

Its main function is to generate the fluid in which spermatozoa remain. The prostate gland produces zinc, the specific antigens of the prostate, spermin, magnesium, enzymes such as transglutaminase or acid phosphatase, among others.

One of the cutting-edge equipment that allows studying this organ in detail is the  Multiparametric Resonance of the Prostate  Today we will delve a little into this technology available in the hospital for the detection of pathologies that may affect the prostate.

 

What is Multi-Parametric Prostate Resonance?

This system allows us to perform a study of the prostate through high-resolution magnetic resonance to obtain different parameters (morphological, functional and molecular) in order to combine them for the detection of prostate cancer.

 

What do we diagnose with it?

It is the main imaging technique for the diagnosis of prostate cancer, primarily indications being those of extracapsular extension of already known prostate cancer. It is also commonly used when there is a persistent cancer suspicion with previous prostate biopsy being negative and plans a for a new biopsy or control of local recurrence after treatment of prostate cancer.

 

How is it carried out?

Through a morphological study in T2 sequences, areas are detected where the movement of water molecules is restricted by a high cell density typical of neoformative lesions.  Its sensitivity and specificity are higher in the peripheral prostate.

This dynamic contrast study allows detecting early catchment areas with the washing in late phases that may correspond to prostate cancer.

All these parameters are collected in a score and result in a categorised report.

 

What benefits does it have?

The diagnosis of prostate cancer has been based for years on blind biopsy, but this system allows the collection of samples affecting the most suspicious areas. This avoids falsely negative results.

Besides, the multiparametric magnetic resonance study does not require an uncomfortable endorectal coil and is well tolerated by the patient.

Interview with Margarita Cilveti, Head of the Health Psychology and Sexology Unit at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.

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Sexuality is an important aspect in the lives of many men and women. Sometimes we may face difficulties or problems that affect our well-being and enjoyment or that of our relationship. In such cases, we should seek professional help from a specialist. The Neuroscience Department at Vithas Xanit has recently launched a Health Psychology and Sexology Unit to address the sexual difficulties of men and women in a comprehensive way, meeting their personal needs, always with the support and advice of the best team of neuroscience specialists.

Today, we speak with the person in charge, Margarita Cilveti, who will present us the new Unit.

 

What exactly does a Sexology Unit consist of? What issues does such specialty address?

Our Health Psychology and Sexology Unit is dedicated to sexual counselling. We start by conducting an interview in the first session to assess the problem on hand, and from there we work either with the individual or couple through exercises, tasks, psychoeducation, etc., to advance and resolve the situation.

 

What type of patients are treated in this unit? What are the most common problems? Can these problems be dealt with and if so, how? 

We mainly welcome men and women with problems related to their sexuality, relationship, identity or sexual orientation. Difficulties related to erection, ejaculation or sexual desire are frequent. We always study each case personally, since that will determine if we should work individually or with a couple.

 

Is the percentage of the population suffering from these problems big?  

In sexology, these problems are often called common difficulties because we can all be subjected to such conditions throughout our lives.

 

Are these problems diagnosed? How can they be diagnosed?

The DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) of the American Psychiatric Association includes some of these problems such as sexual dysfunctions, but from sexology point of view, we do not manage diagnostic criteria but instead we talk about common difficulties. To diagnose sex-related difficulties, the first thing to do is to acknowledge them and talk about the problems, because lack of communication due to shame is one of the main problems in addressing these difficulties.

 

It is said that there are mental illnesses that can lead to sexual malfunctions, is this true? How can mental illnesses affect sexual problems? 

Anxiety or depression disorders, especially when they extend over time and people do not seek professional help, can affect sexuality or relationship with a partner.

 

How can couples know that their sexual health is poor? And how can they improve it? 

I do not think you can talk about good or poor sexual health, each one of us and our relationships is different and precisely for that reason we offer tailor-made, personalised attention. What is clear is when something is causing discomfort or impeding the enjoyment of one’s sexuality or the relationship it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional.

 

What are some of the main problems that we are facing in relation to sexuality?

A fundamental problem in the field of sexuality is the lack of education; therefore, an important step in counselling is to provide information and to allow people to form their own ideas and seek their own answers.

If you want more information about this hospital Unit, please go to: http://www.vithas.es/Benalmadena/sala-prensa/detallenoticia?idNoticia=1912

Your health on examination: Medical check-ups

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The main aim of medical check-ups is to prevent diseases and diagnose pathologies in their initial phase when symptoms have not yet been manifested.

A check-up is the only way to know if we are as healthy as we think.

What is a medical check-up?

These preventive medical examinations (check-ups) are much more than a set of laboratory tests to confirm the existence of risk factors (for example, so-called vascular risk factors) and detect pathologies.

One of the main sources of information, which will determine in some way the content of the check-up, is the past medical history and the complete physical examination. Even if there is already a record of your medical history from the previous hospital visits, the internist will still conduct a full interview to try to conclude not only the family history that can determine the hereditary conditions but also the patient’s life habits, as well as his/her overall health conditions.

Thus, for example, smokers, or people working in certain environments, will be given functional respiratory tests — spirometry and a consultation with a specialist aimed at quitting smoking. If the internist deems it necessary, a chest x-ray will also be performed.

Those with a family history of cancer will be asked for specific laboratory analysis and digestive tests (for example, colonoscopy), urological or other tests depending on the type of tumour of the family member.

In the case of family history positive for cardiac illnesses at an early age, the check-up will be completed with a specific cardiological consultation.

Healthy advice

You could almost say that for each person we have to do a specific check-up, but for all of us, there is one factor in common: healthy lifestyle habits, which can be summarised in the following:

  • Maintain a balanced diet. Today the diet that has evidenced more health benefits is the Mediterranean diet. You can eat almost everything but in the right amount. Carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables, mainly) should account for about half of the diet; fats 35%; and proteins 15%.
  • Stay away from smoking and harmful fumes. Do not smoke, do not be in toxic environments, try not to have contact with harmful products.
  • Do physical exercise. Another important pillar, as much or more than diet is physical exercise. Doctors estimate that from 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate aerobic activity per week we should start seeing the beneficial health effects.
  • Watch your state of mind. Avoid situations that have to do with anxiety, stress or irritability. Also, avoid social isolation. The human beings are sociable and their isolation deteriorates physical and psychological abilities.
  • If you feel general malaise or have doubts about your health, go to your doctor: get a check-up.

Have you decided to quit smoking in 2019? Here are 5 tips that will make this challenge much easier

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The arrival of the New Year traditionally brings along a list of New Year’s resolutions and new goals to be achieved, and usually on the top of the list for many there is a resolution to stop smoking. The advantages of doing so are many, the first being prevention of lung cancer, given that 90% of cases diagnosed are due to smoking.

Last year 28,645 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in Spain. This type of cancer has become the third most frequent in Spain and for that reason, Vithas Xanit International Hospital, part of the Vithas health group, insist on the importance of early detection of this disease, as well as raising awareness among the population about the dangers of smoking.

Today we want to help all of you who have set as a challenge for 2019 to quit smoking by offering you these simple tips to make your decision much more manageable.

  1. Before you lit a cigarette, ask yourself, “Why do I smoke?”If you pause to think about it, you will discover that smoking is not about the actual physical necessity, but because of the habit acquired.
  2. List the reasons why you continue to smoke, and why you should quit, you will be surprised by the difference in pros and cons. This list can also help you in moments of weakness when you want to smoke a cigarette again. You can go back to your list and remember the reasons why you are quitting this deadly habit.
  3. Set short-term goals and replace smoking with healthier habits that you should gradually include in your life. Starting exercise (better if in a group), drinking plenty of fluids, and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help quit smoking.
  4. Seeking help is also necessary, and we are not just talking about professional advice, but about support from the people around you, your friends, colleagues and family members. It is crucial that family and friends know about your decision to quit smoking so that they can be part of your goal, for this will encourage you not to lit a cigarette in front of them.
  5. If you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day, it is also recommended to seek help from a specialist who will provide you with adequate medical treatment, since 70% of smokers in the hands of specialists manage to quit smoking, limiting the percentage to only 5% of those who decide to stop smoking without help.

 

At Vithas Xanit, we have a team of pulmonologists who provide patients with personalised care to stop smoking, with specially designed sessions where we offer customised treatments adapted to the characteristics and needs of the patient.