HEALTH H E A LT H C A R E QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY LOCAL PROFESSIONALS
The Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that teens get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep nightly.
How much sleep should a teenager get?
How is ideal weight calculated?
Sleep is an important and underappreciated component of health for everyone. Teenagers frequently get much less sleep than they need, which can impact their health, mood, and school performance. The Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that teens get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep nightly. One problem I frequently see in teens is they tend to have an erratic sleep schedule, with sleeping in on weekends and then having to rise early for school during the week. This is an unhealthy pattern; I recommend trying to have a set bedtime and wake time regardless of the day of the week, including weekends.
An ideal body weight is usually calculated based on something called the body mass index (BMI). Basically, it uses a formula that uses a ratio of weight to height. Healthy people typically have a BMI of between 18.5 and 25. People whose BMI is less than 18 are underweight and those over 25 are overweight. There are a number of online calculators that can help with this calculation and it is calculated at every primary care office visit as well.
Joseph Khoury, MD
Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates Lynchburg | 434.947.3963 www.lynchburgpulmonary.com
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When the ideal body weight is over what it should be, it is often an indication that lifestyle modifications are needed. The goal is never just to get a perfect weight, but to make people healthy. Fad diets tend to fail because they are short term fixes for long term problems. The only way to achieve the goal is with a long-term commitment to aerobic exercise and a healthy diet.
John Waldron, MD
Centra Medical Group – Brookneal Brookneal | 434.376.2325 www.centrahealth.com
How likely is pregnancy after a tubal reversal surgery? The chance of pregnancy after tubal reversal surgery depends on several factors. A woman’s age, egg supply, uterine and tubal anatomy, and sperm count all affect pregnancy. The surgical technique used to perform the tubal ligation, whether or not she has had cesarean sections or other pelvic surgery, pelvic scarring, and tubal length are also critical. The greatest chances of pregnancy following tubal reversal surgery are if a woman is less than 35 years old, has normal egg supply, her partner has a normal sperm count, a “filshie clip” laparoscopic tubal ligation, and if there is not extensive pelvic scarring found at surgery. In this “ideal” instance, we would predict that she would have an approximately 50-75 percent chance of having a baby following tubal reversal. At her initial consultation, our physicians discuss a woman’s specific history and surgery, recommended testing, and estimate her chances of pregnancy following tubal reversal.
Laura Smith, MD, FACOG, SREI Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Center of Virginia, PLC Charlottesville | 434.654.8520 www.rmscva.com
Published on Feb 1, 2018