Expert Health Articles

  • The Truth about Sports Drinks
    The regular use of sports drinks may lead to unwanted weight gain and spikes in blood glucose. For those who are not high-intensity athletes, frequently consuming sports drinks puts you at risk for diabetes and other health problems. This is because sports drinks usually contain high levels of sodium, sugar and calories. Considering alternatives to sports drinks such as flavored water or tea.
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  • Eating Carbohydrates with Diabetes
    Eating the right amount of carbohydrates while managing diabetes is important because carbohydrates are easily changed into sugar for the body to use as energy. Non-starchy vegetables such as green beans or carrots are the best group of foods to make yourself feel full and obtain the carbohydrates you need without the calories. However, starchy vegetables and grains tend to harm diabetics if consumed improperly. Managing your blood glucose levels by recognizing the different types of carbohydrate foods can help diabetics live a healthier lifestyle.
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  • Back Injury Prevention
    Eight out of every 10 adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Learning to prevent back injuries can help avoid this pain and promote a healthier way of life. There are six key steps to preventing back injury: frequent position changes, pushing rather than pulling, using appropriate footwear, applying good body mechanics when lifting, practicing proper posture and exercising regularly.
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  • Radiofrequency Ablation: A new option for hip and knee pain
    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery typically used for pain from osteoarthritis or an old injury. This common interventional procedure is usually performed on the nerves in your spine and can postpone the need for hip and knee replacement. The pain-causing nerves are ablated using a gentle electric current through x-ray guided needles, and little recovery time is necessary following the procedure.
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  • What is Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab?
    Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program that is designed for those who experience lung problems. It typically includes exercise classes and provides education about lung diseases. Cardiac Rehabilitation is also an exercise and education program, but it is designed for individuals with heart issues. Both cardiac and pulmonary rehab are staffed with quality health care professionals who have been trained regarding the specifics of core components of cardiac and pulmonary rehab. They are here to help assist patients to recovery.
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  • Holiday Grief
    After the death of a loved one, many people struggle to find the excitement and pleasure of decorating, shopping and preparing for the holiday season; this is particularly true when it is the first holiday following their death. Pacing yourself and expressing your feelings are healthy ways to begin dealing with holiday grief. Reminiscing, accepting your situation and leaning on loved ones for support will help get you through this hard time and make the most of your holiday season.
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  • Hematuria
    Hematuria is simply blood found in the urine. This can be divided into two groups, gross hematuria and micro hematuria. Gross hematuria is blood that is visible in the urine with your eyes. Micro hematuria is blood that is found in the urine that cannot be seen with your eyes but is found with testing. Hematuria may be an early warning sign of bladder cancer, so it is important to seek testing and treatment once it is discovered.
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  • Cutting Down on Added Sugars
    Sugar is found naturally in some foods and drinks like fruit and milk, but is usually added to many food products to enhance sweetness. The amount of sugar added to food and drinks can cause Americans to consume too many calories from added sugars, which with time can lead to weight gain. Avoiding added sugars altogether is not necessary, but is important that we strive to consume more nutritious foods and drinks.
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  • When to go to a Primary Care Office vs Urgent Care Center vs Emergency Department
    Health care needs occur at all hours of the day and night. Determining if you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or choose a nearby urgent care or hospital emergency department for more immediate care is important to your health and safety. The first step is knowing the differences between primary care offices, urgent care centers and emergency departments.
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