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Gastroenterologists at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services are using a new tool to get an up close look at a patient’s digestive system to check for cancer or other illnesses. Called the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System, this device allows doctors to examine and biopsy any suspicious findings in the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts without the need for scans or surgery. To learn more, go to spyglass

Flourish is published four times annually by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. As part of Centura Health, our mission is to nurture the health of the people in our community. The information herein is meant to complement and not replace advice provided by a licensed health care professional. For comments or to unsubscribe to this publication, please email us at Flourish is produced by Clementine Communications of Denver, Colo. Executive Editor is Jill Woodford.

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Summer Sippin’ We typically lose 12 to 16 cups of fluid daily through perspiration, breathing and urination. But on a hot summer day, we can lose up to 8 cups per hour! If you don’t replenish those lost liquids, you can experience fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea and confusion.

Forget eight glasses a day. You may need more or less, depending on weight, activity level and health. Laura Tonsits, a registered dietitian with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, recommends 10 cups a day, or 12 cups or more for those over 200 pounds. Drink more the higher you go. Tonsits suggests an extra glass of water or more each day until you acclimate — even if you’re just going from the Springs to the mountains.

Water is best. However, caffeine- and calorie-free beverages and even fluids from food count. Buy wisely. Bottled waters enhanced with flavors or vitamins are expensive and can be loaded with sugar. But they also can help you get the necessary fluids if you loathe drinking plain water. Just choose carefully.

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For the Man in Your Life Has your partner lost that lovin’ feeling? A new study found that men taking cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) are twice as likely to have lower levels of testosterone. “The study did not find that statins caused the problem, just that there was a link,” says Chris Simpfendorfer, MD, a cardiologist with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “It’s certainly something to be aware of.” If your guy is experiencing unusual fatigue, grumpiness, loss of muscle mass or a declining libido, encourage him to talk to his doctor. Hormone replacement therapy may help.

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