Get the New Year Off to a Healthy Start

A woman checks her blood sugar

The end of the year is a good time to take stock of your health and any chronic conditions you have that require management or monitoring. 

For patients with diabetes, that means regularly recording blood sugar levels at home and having your diabetic hemoglobin A1c levels checked several times per year. 

Annual eye exams and visits with a podiatrist are also important for managing diabetes and preventing the serious health problems it can cause. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, checking your blood pressure regularly and controlling the condition is key to lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.

South Shore Medical Center helps patients monitor, reach and maintain healthy blood pressure through weekly clinics held in our Norwell and Kingston offices. Patients who have had a high blood pressure reading or have a diagnosis of hypertension and want to schedule a visit in our nurse BP Clinic can call 781-878-5200. 

A clinician checks a patient's blood pressure

Too busy during the holidays to schedule a visit? You can track your numbers with a digital blood pressure cuff at home and report your results in your South Shore Health MyChart account or by calling the Medical Center 781-878-5200.

Before turning the calendar to 2024, make prioritizing your health your New Year’s resolution.

Schedule a physical exam with your primary care provider and a well-child visit for your child (around the time of their birthday) with their pediatric provider. 

Any preventative screenings for which you’re due – Pap test, skin exam, mammogram, prostate exam, or colonoscopy -- should also be on the calendar.  

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

 

Learn more about Primary Care at South Shore Health.