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    Creating a Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects the way your body processes glucose. Choosing the right foods for meals and snacks can help you manage your diabetes for better health.

    This video features an easy and delicious breakfast recipe for a scrambled egg tortilla with avocado and tomato. All you’ll need to create this diabetes-friendly meal is a whole-wheat tortilla, one large egg, an avocado, a tomato, low-fat cheddar cheese, and cilantro. Additionally, you can use a non-stick cooking spray to keep your egg from sticking to the pan without the need for butter or margarine.

    Are you living with diabetes in Florida? Memorial Hospital of Tampa offers a variety of health resources you can access online to better understand how to manage your specific health needs in Tampa. You can reach a registered nurse by calling (813) 873-6400 for the answers to your health-related questions.

    When Should You Seek Help for a Sleep Disorder?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Sleep disorders can cause serious complications, including daytime drowsiness that can increase your risk of involvement in a motor vehicle accident. Sleep deprivation can also increase the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, it’s a good idea to visit the sleep center of a community hospital. Consult a sleep specialist if you notice unusual sensations or jerky movements of your legs that interfere with sleep.

    It’s a good idea to consult a specialist if you think you might suffer from insomnia, which refers to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can lead to symptoms such as daytime sleepiness and impaired concentration. You should also see a doctor if you have symptoms of sleep apnea, including heavy snoring and frequent wakefulness during the night. Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of narcolepsy, such as falling asleep at inappropriate times during the day.

    The Diagnostic Sleep Center of Memorial Hospital of Tampa performs sleep studies seven days per week for your convenience. Residents of the South Tampa area can schedule a sleep study at our community hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.

    Visiting a Loved One In the ICU

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital provides continuous monitoring and advanced care for patients with critical illnesses or serious conditions. Before you visit a loved one in the ICU, call the hospital to learn about special visiting hours for that area of the hospital. Ask about any other ICU visiting policies. For example, many hospitals limit the number of visitors a patient can have at one time. Young children may be discouraged from visiting a patient in the ICU.

    You can comfort your loved one by bringing small, personal items to lift his or her spirits. Be sure to check the hospital’s policies regarding which types of items are allowed in the ICU. For example, you may not be allowed to bring flowers. Usually, you’ll be able to bring a picture or a stuffed animal. You can help your loved one feel a little more comfortable by arranging the blanket and pillow as needed, assisting with feeding and drinking, and distracting your loved one by discussing subjects of interest.

    If you have any questions about visiting a loved one in the ICU of Memorial Hospital of Tampa, call (813) 873-6400. Our community hospital’s 12-bed ICU provides comprehensive care with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.

    Staying Heart Healthy While Dining Out

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Cardiovascular conditions are all too common in the U.S. You can be proactive about your heart health by exploring the resources available at your community hospital. Your hospital might have tools to assess your risk factors and information on leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. You can also talk to a doctor at your hospital about healthy living tips, such as eating well while dining out. Many restaurants prepare dishes with excess calories, fat, and sodium. Scrutinize the menu carefully and talk to the server about selecting a heart-healthy dish.

    Skip the Alcohol

    When you explore your risk factors at your hospital, you may be advised to limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it entirely. Consuming alcohol in excess increases your risk of heart disease. Instead, order a non-alcoholic beer, spritzer, or mocktail.

    Beware Hidden Sources of Sodium

    The doctor at your hospital may advise you to limit your sodium intake. While you may already know that many of the dishes available at restaurants—such as fried foods—are high in sodium, you might be shocked to learn that even salad bar items can have excessive sodium. Steer clear of high-sodium dressings and cheeses at the salad bar and instead load up your plate with raw vegetables and fruits. Other high-sodium foods are those that feature gravy, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce, in addition to foods cooked with broth.

    Communicate with the Server

    Speak up about your dietary requirements with your server. Ask questions about how the food is prepared, whether oils are used, and whether healthier food substitutions are available. For example, instead of French fries, you might request a side of steamed vegetables. When you order your meal, ask the server to either bring you a smaller portion or to bring you a to-go box. Put half of your portion in the to-go box before you begin eating to limit your calorie intake.

    The healthcare team at Memorial Hospital of Tampa is dedicated to helping families in the South Tampa area live life to the fullest while making smart decisions for their health. You can find a wealth of resources on the website of our community hospital, such as healthy living calculators and health risk assessment tools. Take charge of your health and schedule your next checkup at our hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.

    Fats and Diabetes

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have diabetes, you are at an increased risk of an array of other health problems, including heart disease. This is because diabetes affects your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is the good kind; it helps remove LDL cholesterol—the bad type—from your arterial walls.

    When you watch this video, you’ll learn how you can manage your condition and improve your cholesterol levels. Take advantage of educational programs at your community hospital. Eat foods with fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, while limiting foods that contain saturated and trans fats, such as fatty meats and processed foods.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a community hospital that provides area families with compassionate, patient-centered care. Residents of the South Tampa area can learn more about services available at our hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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