Health advice and news from Sutter Health’s Northern California experts. The latest on fitness, nutrition, menopause, disease prevention and more.
A recent study looking at the effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been making headlines by claiming youths may only need one shot instead of three to be protected from the sexually transmitted virus. But Sutter Health doctors say the study was not comprehensive, and caution against foregoing any life-saving vaccines.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute study, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, claimed the HPV vaccine remained effective after four years in 77 to 86 percent of its 260,000 female participants, regardless of how many shots they received. However, as Dr. Nancy Brown with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation explains, the study only took certain types of HPV (HPV-16 and HPV-18) into account.
Welcome to our last post in our Men’s Health Month Series. This week, we’re focusing on maintaining a healthy, disease-free sex life.
Young men are often touted in society as virile beings with raging hormones, but all that testosterone comes with responsibilities. While sex can be pleasurable and fun, contracting an STD is a scary and messy business. It’s our personal responsibility to keep our bodies safe. To get an idea of how to stay sexually healthy, we asked Drew Ho, a family practice nurse practitioner with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation in Albany, for advice.
Welcome to our third post in our Men’s Health Month Series. This week, we’re focusing on boosting energy levels and managing stress.
In today’s increasingly on-the-go society, many of us struggle with feelings of constant stress and tiredness, turning to sugary drinks and caffeine to make it through the day. Thing is, that’s not such a healthy strategy for maintaining energy. We asked Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy, an integrative medicine specialist with Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in San Francisco, and Drew Ho, a family practice nurse practitioner withSutter East Bay Medical Foundation in Albany, for ideas on how to increase energy and reduce stress the healthy way.
Welcome to our second post in our Men’s Health Month Series. This week, we’re focusing on the importance of having a primary care physician. We know what you're thinking — "I'm young and healthy. Why would I need to visit a doctor?"
It takes a little forward looking to understand that taking care of your health NOW is essential to staying vital, fit and vibrant. And while it’s hard to envision, you will someday become a middle-aged man and then an old man. Many decisions you make now will influence whether you can continue to live the active life you want as you age. And your health care now can even influence how soon, and of what condition, you might die.
June is Men's Health Month and we at Sutter Health and MyLife Stages are highlighting some of the most common health concerns for men ages 45 and younger. This blog post begins our monthlong series on male health issues related to nutrition, fitness, sexual health and healthy habits.
Follow this blog series to learn about:
• Ways to safely build muscle mass
• Methods for combating the dreaded “beer belly”
• The importance of having a primary care physician
• Managing stress and boosting energy
• Staying sexually healthy
• Issues with low testosterone levels