Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

Proper UV Safety is very important, especially now that we’re in summer. However, it’s important that you make sure that your skin gets enough sunlight to help your body produce enough vitamin D.

We’ve gone over UV safety tips and the signs and dangers of melanoma this month, but now we’re going to tell you how sunlight exposure isn’t the only way to get enough Vitamin D for your body.

Contact Westshore to learn more about how to manage sunlight exposure.


Five Warning Signs of Melanoma

Your skin is your largest organ. It helps protect your body from outside elements, but problems can arise in the line of duty. 

Too much exposure to UV light can lead to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma kills nearly 10,000 people in the U.S. annually and more than 135,000 cases are diagnosed each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation

Earlier this month, we listed some ways to help protect yourself against UV light, but you need to know how to see if you may be suffering from skin cancer. Here are ways to look for the warning signs of melanoma.

Moles can be clear indicators of melanoma, be sure to check them using the ABCDE method.

Dangers of Tanning

What does it cost to look good? When it comes to tanning, it could mean your health.

Tanning booths may help people achieve a bronzed tone, but they also emit up to 15 times more UV radiation than the sun according to the Melanoma Foundation. Before you head out for a tanning session, read on to find out the effects of tanning on your body.

Tanning can lead to dangerous health issues such as skin cancer.


Cholesterol FAQs

As of 2015, approximately 73.5 million adults in the United States have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL). What does that, mean, exactly? Well, it means that a large portion of U.S. adults suffer from a high level of what you may know as the “bad cholesterol.”

Cholesterol is one of those things that you may have heard about from doctors and TV commercials, but don’t completely understand. To help clarify everything, we have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions about cholesterol.

Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.


Insomnia: What It Is and How to Treat It

Getting a good night’s rest is a great way to start the day, but that’s not always possible for some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder, which includes sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.

It’s not uncommon for people to occasionally not sleep well, but regular bouts with sleeplessness may indicate that you are suffering from a form of insomnia.


Three Things to Look for During Men’s Health Month

Prevention is the best medicine, but it’s hard to try and stop something without awareness of the issue. June is Men’s Health Month, which is dedicated to teaching males of all ages about health concerns that can affect them throughout their lives.

While you may already know about health concerns like cardiovascular disease, you may not realize just how important it is to prevent these issues. 

Stay healthy this Men’s Health Month and contact Westshore to set up an appointment.