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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month


National Diabetes Awareness Month

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. However, people with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which could result in heart disease and stroke. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, we wanted to make you aware of type 2 diabetes and what you can do to prevent or treat it.

What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is caused slowly over time as high levels of sugar build up in the blood. This causes your fat, liver and muscle cells to respond incorrectly to insulin, which is released by your body. As a result, blood sugar does not absorb into your body’s cells to be stored for energy.

A large majority of people with type 2 diabetes won’t show any symptoms at first—or even for many years. That’s why diabetes is such a dangerous condition. Many times, the only way to detect type 2 diabetes early is through routine blood tests during regular check-ups with your doctor.

Risk factors and symptoms
You may be at-risk for type 2 diabetes if you have high blood pressure, low levels of HDL—the good cholesterol—in your blood, or too much fat around your waist. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling tired more than usual
  • Infections that are more frequent or heal slowly


According to a study by the Diabetes Prevention Program, a healthy lifestyle is more effective than medication in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Even more encouraging was the study’s finding that just a 7 percent reduction in weight, combined with 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, could lower the risk of developing diabetes by about 58 percent. For example, someone weighing 200 pounds, a 7 percent reduction is 14 pounds.

Get Screened Today

Always remember that diabetes can be prevented, and simple and inexpensive tests now exist to help you avoid living life with a chronic disease. Dr. Angelo Capricchione is an endocrinologist at Bingham Memorial Hospital who specializes in diabetes. If you are concerned about managing diabetes or avoiding prediabetes, schedule an appointment with him by calling 785-3865.


Free Flu Shots at Physician Open House

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Bingham Memorial Hospital will be holding an open house in honor of the 17 new healthcare providers that we’ve welcomed to our medical staff this year. And, you’re cordially invited. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza

98 Poplar Street, Blackfoot, Idaho

The open house will be an opportunity for the community to become acquainted with our new healthcare providers along with the services and procedures they offer. These new doctors and practitioners continue to help Bingham Memorial provide high-quality medical care in a caring and compassionate manner.

There will be live entertainment, refreshments, complimentary gifts, money saving coupons, and doors prizes. To help entertain the kids while parents mix and mingle with physicians, there will be a face painter, balloon artist, and a variety of food stations. In addition, with fall and the flu season officially underway, free flu shots will also be available at the open house.

You may not realize how big of an impact you can have just by getting a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is not just about you. It’s about the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a regular basis as well. The more protected you are against the flu, the more protected the public is as well. The more people who get a flu shot, the better chance everyone in our area has of not getting sick this year.

While everyone should get a flu shot, certain people are especially encouraged:

  • Anyone suffering from chronic lung or heart disease
  • Children under 5 and those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old
  • Healthcare workers
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, including breastfeeding women
  • People who live in extended-care facilities or nursing homes
  • Pregnant women or those who may become pregnant during flu season

If you are unable to get a free flu shot at our open house, they will be available for $15.00 at any of Bingham Memorial’s physician offices, including 1st Choice Urgent Care.

It’s been an exciting year at Bingham Memorial, and we look forward to seeing you next Thursday night.


Brake for Breakfast 2014

Brake for Breakfast

In less than a week, it will be October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And, here at Bingham Memorial, we’re dedicated to making sure women of all ages have the most up-to-date healthcare information to stay as healthy as possible throughout their lives. That’s why we’re excited to be hosting “Brake for Breakfast” to promote the importance of early breast cancer detection through regular mammograms and self-exams.

This annual event draws thousands of women from across southeast Idaho. Women on their way to work, out running errands, or after dropping their kids off at school can brake directly in front of our hospital in Blackfoot—98 Poplar Street—and pick-up breakfast, free women’s health information, and complimentary gifts.

As you or your friends and family participate in the popular and educational Brake for Breakfast, there will be three main areas to check out. Stop at Breakfast Junction to pick-up a free cooler bag containing a muffin, a drink and other goodies. Then, swing by Information Way where our physicians will give attendants information packets with tips to develop an action plan for healthier living. And, at Pink Place everyone will receive free pink gifts related to breast cancer awareness.

In addition to attending Brake for Breakfast, there are many things you can do right now that will help reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  1. Get a regular checkup. Bingham Memorial’s Radiology department encourages and gives discounts to women who get a mammogram during the month of their birthday. Mammograms and self-breast exams are the key to early detection and an increased chance of survival. The ACS encourage women to conduct self-examinations beginning in their early 20s. Women should begin receiving yearly mammograms at age 40.
  2. Stay healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and maintain a healthy weight. Also, stop smoking and drinking alcohol, both of which increase the likelihood of breast cancer.
  3. Relax. Spend time with family, meditate, do yoga, find a new hobby, or anything else that will help to reduce the stress in your life.

Come and join us as we celebrate good health and prevention on October 1st from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And make sure to tell your family and friends about this event as well. You never know, this breakfast could save a life.


Thank you Dr. Toro and welcome Karla Adams


Thank you Dr. Toro and welcome Karla Adams

For 11 years, Dr. Peggy Jo Toro has brought highly qualified and compassionate medical care to the residents of Bingham County. She greatly appreciated her patient’s trust and confidence in allowing her to provide care to them through the years. She has retired from active practice as of September 2, 2014, and her and her husband will soon be leaving on a humanitarian mission to Rwanda, Africa.

It is with great excitement we announce that Karla Adams—a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 26 years of medical experience—will begin seeing patients at Dr. Toro’s practice.

Karla started her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Pocatello, Idaho—specializing in pediatric and family care. She then became certified as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Boise, Idaho, at Boise State University. Having attended Idaho State University, she now holds a Master of Science in Nursing as an FNP.

Specializing in family practice with an emphasis on pediatrics, Karla chose family medicine because she likes taking a holistic approach to healthcare by getting to know patients and treating an entire family. Karla enjoys seeing patients and appreciates knowing she can make a positive difference in their lives. She provides exemplary care for patients with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention.

She is very passionate about the people she cares for and says, “I go above and beyond to get to know patients as people, not just an illness. It comes from my heart and my caring nature is part of who I am.” She strives to help people with preventive medical maintenance and have a healthier lifestyle by educating her patients about positive choices early in life.

Having spent a large majority of her career in Boise, Idaho, returning to Bingham County is like coming home for Karla as she was raised in Aberdeen. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and her three daughters, one of whom is following in her footsteps by attending nursing school.

Karla is welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call: 782-3990.


Bingham Welcomes Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Garry Martin II

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Bingham Welcomes Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Garry Martin II

Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to recommend Garry M. Martin II, MD. Dr. Martin specializes in plastic/reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; he also has a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery.

Dr. Martin received a bachelor and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering before attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After medical school he completed a six-year residency program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Martin finished a Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Hand and Microvascular Surgery.

As a physician, Dr. Martin enjoys all aspects of medicine; however, he is passionate about plastic surgery because it allows him to work on so many areas of the body as a specialist. Working as a plastic surgeon, he deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects. Additionally, he uses surgical procedures to address undesirable qualities patients wish to change.

After completing his studies as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Martin chose to become fellowship trained in Hand and Microvascular Surgery. He is qualified to perform all aspects of hand surgery, including traumatic hand surgery, carpel tunnel and arthritis procedures. He is also a member of the Orthopedic Institute, east Idaho’s largest team of orthopedic physicians.

Microvascular Surgery is the practice of operating on very small blood vessels with specialized instruments and tiny needles. Microvascular surgeons reattach severed fingers, hands, arms, or other amputated parts of the body by reconnecting the small blood vessels and restoring circulation before tissue dies. This technique can also be used in reconstructive procedures, for example after cancerous tumors are removed.

Dr. Martin’s patients describe him as caring, personable and a great listener. He is devoted to his patients and places them first. He does this by helping them get whatever they need, spending extra time in appointments, and always doing what he can to exceed their expectations. This helps him develop lasting and strong relationships with his patients.

When not in the office, Dr. Martin enjoys running, cross training, and participating in track and field events. He and his family enjoy spending time and being active in the outdoors. Dr. Martin’s office is located on the first floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza in Blackfoot. He is accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin call his office at 782-2885.


NOW is the time to change your life!

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NOW is the time to change your life!

Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans wonder the same thing.

Hi, my name is Penny. I struggled my whole life with being overweight. I’ve tried all those fad diets. I’ve counted calories. I’ve been on the roller coaster of weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain. I’ve been right where you are.

Well, in 2008 I made the best decision of my life. I chose to have weight loss surgery and it has changed my life and can do the same for you.

Like me, you’ll change your life so you can enjoy your vacation with your kids and grandkids. You’ll change your life so that your relationships are stronger and more enjoyable than ever. You’ll change your life so that you’ll enjoy going out with friends. You’ll change your life so that you have the confidence to excel and succeed in your professional life.

I know that when you’re searching for the right weight loss solution, information is very important. That’s why, after my weight loss transformation, I decided to form the Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group. We hold monthly support groups and FREE informational seminars.

I invite you to our FREE informational seminar with Dr. Anthony Davis, the region’s premier surgical weight loss specialist. Dr. Davis will answer your questions about the surgical options available to you. Dinner will be served for you and a guest. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register click HERE or for more information please call 782-3993.



Get in quickly at Bingham Memorial Women’s Center

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Same Day Appointments with Dr. Arya

Dr. Sushila Arya is the newest member of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center. As an Ob-Gyn, Dr. Arya is qualified to care for your healthcare needs. Dr. Arya provides services for women of every age, from contraception and family planning to menopause transition. Get seen quickly with Dr. Arya at the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center.

Call her office at 782-3900 to schedule a same day appointment.


Free Skin Care Guide

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Get Skin Smart!

Your skin is your body’s largest organ—and that’s a lot of surface area susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays, a major contributor to skin cancer. Before you head outside, test your skin smarts with this quick True/False quiz.

1. Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States.
2. A change in the size or color of a mole could be a sign of cancer.
3. Early detection is of little use in preventing skin cancer.

1. False. It’s No. 1, accounting for more than half of all cancers in the country. More than 1 million cases are diagnosed each year, and an estimated 10,000 people die.
2. True. When checking your moles and birthmarks, remember your ABCDEs: Watch out for asymmetry, irregular border, differing color, growing diameter or other evolving features.
3. False. If melanoma, the most deadly of all skin cancers, is caught before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed early. Click HERE to download a Free Skin Care Guide. Call 233-4455 to schedule a skin cancer screening and receive a free bottle of sunscreen.  Call 233-4455 for more information.


Meet Dr. Arya

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Meet Dr. Arya

Dr. Sushila Arya is the newest member of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center. As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Arya is qualified to care for your healthcare needs. Dr. Arya is also a wife and a mother. She understands the challenges women face today in their home, personal and professional lives. She encourages her patients to be open with her so she can provide the best care for them as an individual. Dr. Arya is welcoming new patients.

Call 782-3900 to schedule a free get acquainted visit.


What’s Your Pre-Pregnancy IQ?

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What’s Your Pre-Pregnancy IQ?

Are you thinking about having a baby? There’s a lot of information to learn, but we’ve got you covered. Take this quick quiz and see what you already know about having a healthy pregnancy.


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