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Posts about Health Journey:

Zamplo Team Apr 1, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Support for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition most commonly affecting women of reproductive age. As discussed in our previous blog,  What is PCOS blog, the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of the male hormone androgen. Women with PCOS may develop small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) within the ovaries, leading to eggs not being released regularly enough. Aside from reproductive challenges, PCOS may result in several other complications, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, that also may be important to note. (Johns Hopkins Medicine)   
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Rachael Feb 18, 2022 11:30:00 AM

My PCOS Journey - Learning to Advocate for Myself

From what I can remember in my childhood, I have always been in and out of the hospital. I had a lot of health problems, specifically stomach-related, and the way that my mom knew how to help was to feed me a piece of plain bread. I was consistently sick, and my mom had no idea what to do. My mom was my biggest advocate; I was a competitive dancer, and every doctor she took me to told her that I was just bulimic and falling under societal pressure to be thin. Finally, after almost two years of advocating for me, she convinced a doctor to do a stomach biopsy. 
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Zamplo Team Jun 22, 2020 10:15:00 PM

The Importance of Taking Control of Your Own Health Care Data

Taking the initiative to control your health data can lead to better patient empowerment and overall health outcome. As the healthcare industry continues its march towards the digital age, the democratization of data has become an increasingly important topic. It’s common for any health-related experience to become overwhelming, as patients and their caregivers need to keep track of different symptoms, treatments, notes, and appointments. Taking the driver’s seat with your health data can lead to a more empowered patient experience and ultimately, better overall health outcomes. Why is this patient-centred approach to taking control of your health data so important? Ease of Navigation When battling an illness or undergoing a complex treatment regime, the individual patient experience often involves navigating multiple practitioners, clinics, and opinions – most of which aren’t connected. It’s no surprise that patient’s data can often become scattered, especially as the network of parties involved grows, or as patients are dealing with physicians outside of the health care system and country. Taking ownership of your health data positions you as the hub of all your information from different sources. By keeping track of your data in an organized manner, it allows for a streamlined process. Now, when visiting a new practitioner for the first time, you can simply show them a complete log of everything you know so far, which will help to expedite the process. A study conducted in 2015 found that for 55% of patients, their medical information and history was either incomplete or missing when they arrived at their doctor’s office. In these types of circumstance, doctors would rely on patients to fill in the gaps - which can only be properly done if they are in possession of their health data.
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