Don’t Forget to Exercise in the Winter

By StGeorgesUniversity
December 15, 2017

Every winter, Americans say good-bye to running shoes and workout clothes and hello to comfy couches and snuggly blankets. Indeed, far fewer Americans exercise during the winter than during the summer, according to a Gallup poll.[1]

It’s easy to see why. It’s difficult to find time to run or bike outside when there are fewer hours of daylight.[2] And colder temperatures can make it daunting to exercise outdoors — or even make the trek to the gym.

That’s a huge problem. Exercise is crucial to maintaining physical and mental wellness. It’s important that medical professionals encourage people to exercise — even when the days are shorter and colder. Read More »

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How to Combat the Winter Blues

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
November 30, 2017

This winter, up to one in five Americans will experience seasonal affective disorder — a depression caused by seasonal changes.[1]

Fortunately, there are easy ways to nix SAD, and get glad.

SAD is a serious mental health concern. Folks who suffer from it may have mood swings and depression for months.[2] They may feel hopeless, experience difficulty concentrating, or in extreme cases, have suicidal thoughts.[3]

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Getting Rid of the Stigma Around Diabetes

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
November 27, 2017

Over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes.[1] Half of those patients suffer mental anguish due to the social stigma associated with the disease.[2]

That stigma can lead to physical harm — and put patients’ lives at risk.

One of the underlying causes of this stigma is misunderstanding and victim-blaming. Many people believe diabetes is a self-inflicted disease caused by overeating or lack of exercise.[3] Read More »

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