What’s Happening this Spring at Abraham Family Medicine?

Happy spring, everyone. With winter finally behind us, we know everyone is excited get to enjoy the warmer weather, blooming flowers and fun outdoor activities. Spring is a very active season, so it should come as no surprise that there is a lot going on here at Abraham Family Medicine. To help catch everyone up on what we’ve got going on, we’ve decided to use this month’s blog to help catch our readers on all of our springtime happenings.

127 Legacy Foundation Dinner & Auction

Those of you who have been keeping up know that Dr. Abraham keeps his charity work very near and dear to his heart. This coming April, we will be hosting the 3rd annual 127 Legacy Foundation Dinner & Auction. This fundraising event, which is designed to help raise awareness of the 127 Legacy Foundation and all the amazing charity work they do, will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 between 5:30-8:30pm at the Mount Zion Baptist Church Family Life Center in Snellville.

In addition to dinner and both silent and live auctions, we will also be hosting special guest speakers Rev. Raymond Wahyudi and Doni Wijaya from Indonesia, who will be discussing the impact that the 127 Legacy Foundation can have on communities in need.

The event will be $25 to attend and guests must RSVP in advance. For ticketing information, please visit the official 127LegacyFoundation website today.

Harvard Review of Geriatric Medicine

Our own Dr. Ben Abraham recently attended the 33rd Annual Harvard Review of Geriatric Medicine in Boston and brought back some very intriguing findings from his trip. This conference featured doctors and medical professionals from all over the world discussing medicine and healthcare for seniors and what people can do to promote good health as they age. Here are some of the more interesting bits of info from the conference:

  • A study found that female deaths from cardiovascular disease have increased in recent years while male deaths from cardiovascular diseases have decreased. So what can we do?
    • Taking one aspirin daily can help decrease a person’s chance of dying of heart disease by 20%.
      • Beta blockers, cholesterol medications, and daily vitamin D can also help.
      • Eating 60-80 grams of nuts daily is also highly recommended.
    • Daily exercise, even minimal non-strenuous exercise, can be extremely beneficial for patients of all ages.
    • According to one of the presenters, Dr. Chopra, studies have shown that fasting in the evening for 13 hours between dinner and breakfast the next day can help decrease a woman’s mortality rate from heart disease by 20%.
  • Sugar and alcohol can increase a person’s risk of developing certain cancers, as can an excess of NSAIDs like naproxen and ibuprofen.
  • Coffee has numerous health benefits for older patients.
    • Consuming 3-4 daily cups of coffee can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers as well as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, gout & gallstones.
    • Coffee can also help reduce the risk of cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Roughly 2,500 kinds of herbal vitamins and supplements were found to contribute to kidney and liver damage for seniors. So definitely speak with one of our geriatric care providers if you are considering any of these kinds of supplements.

Dr. Abraham believes in the following 5 keys to living well: coffee (at least 2 daily cups), vitamin D, nuts, exercise, & meditation/quiet time. So he was certainly not surprised by many of these recent findings. Eating well, being active and receiving regular medical care can make all the difference when it comes to taking care of ourselves as we age. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Abraham Family Medicine today. Our office is located in Snellville, not far from Grayson.