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Advancing Care - 2023 Issue 7

health screening

Health Screenings for Women: Which Ones Do You Need — and When? 

We all go through changes throughout our lives that may impact our health. Staying up to date with important appointments and screenings can help you be proactive about these changes. For women, milestones like pregnancy, menopause and age deserve a little extra attention.

Continue reading to learn more about the key screenings for women’s health

Berberine: The Next ‘Hot’ Drug for Weight Loss?

The rapid rise in the popularity of weight-loss medications has people searching for the next best thing. Now a supplement called berberine has been touted as “nature’s Ozempic” on social media. But how does it compare to drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy that have been proven to help people lose a significant amount of weight?

Learn more about using berberine for weight loss

Seven Signs of Diabetes

Did you know that diabetes is the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States? And that 1 in 5 adults don’t realize they have the disease? What else don’t you know about diabetes? 

Diabetes is a silent disorder with symptoms that develop slowly over time. Most people don’t know they have diabetes until they get their blood sugar levels checked. Here are seven signs that you should mention to your doctor: 

  • You’re urinating more often – especially at night.
  • You’re thirstier than normal.
  • You feel tired and sluggish. 
  • You’re losing weight without trying.  
  • Your vision seems blurry.
  • Your feet feel numb or tingly.
  • You keep getting urinary tract or yeast infections

Many people have diabetes without showing any symptoms at all. People at risk for diabetes, such as those with a family history of diabetes or are overweight, should see their doctor regularly for an evaluation.  

Meet with an expert 

Managing diabetes can be overwhelming. Learn how to take control of your diabetes, eat properly and manage medications. Services at the YNHH’s Center for Nutrition and Wellness include diabetes self-management education and support by our diabetes care and education specialists. If you have pre-diabetes, they also can show you how diet and lifestyle changes may be able to prevent the development of diabetes. The Center for Nutrition and Wellness is an American Diabetes Association Recognized Education Program.  For more information or to make an appointment, call 203-688-2422.
Have a question about nutrition or healthy eating? Ask the nutrition experts! 

Ride With Us and Get Closer to Free!  

The 13th Annual Closer to Free Ride rolls off the starting line on Sept. 9, and you’re invited to ride along with us! The Closer to Free Ride fuels research and care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Riders of all levels have the chance to experience five professionally-designed and fully-supported routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles long. If you’re not in the New Haven area, you can join as a Remote Rider and complete your own route wherever you may be.

You may also consider sharing your energy and enthusiasm with the Closer to Free community as a volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are available to support the pre-ride check in, at the start/finish line and on the ride route as a member of the Road Crew.

Register as a rider or volunteer.

Can’t ride with us this year? Make a donation to a specific rider or team.

Take a Walk and Chat with YNHH Doctors

Take a walk and chat with local doctors as part of Yale New Haven Health’s Get Healthy Walk ‘N’ Talk with a Doc. Walks are each Saturday through September from 9 - 10:30 am along the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail in New Haven. Walks begin at the entrance on the corner of Shelton Avenue and Starr Street and last approximately one hour. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr St., New Haven. Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.

Find a Provider at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Many of our physician practices offer telehealth video visits for your convenience.

Billing questions? 

Yale New Haven Health offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 855-547-4584.