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  • Diabetes and Aging – Know your Risks June 27, 2011

    Summer 2011 Healthwise DD1Many people have the perception that type 2 diabetes is a health risk only for overweight individuals. It is true that those who are obese account for approximately 60% of the 17 million adults with diabetes in the United States. However, aging also plays a significant role in ...

  • Food/Drug Interaction Awareness April 27, 2011

    medicine and citrus 300x225For some of us, an increase in the use of prescription drugs might be a rite of passage as we age. For others who live with a chronic illness, taking several prescription drugs daily is routine. In any circumstance, patients should be knowledgeable about their own medication’s possible ...

  • Fiber 101 April 27, 2011

    16 Healthy High fiber Meals 300x225Bread and cereal labels beckon you with phrases such as “whole grain guarateed,” “high-fiber” and even “extra fiber.” We know that a certain amount of fiber in our daily diet helps promote good health, but why? Years ago, our mothers called it “roughage,” but even then, ...

  • Heart Attack Symptoms – More than only Chest Pains April 27, 2011

    When most people hear the words “heart attack,” a dramatic image of someone (usually a man clutching his chest) typically comes to mind. This dramatic perception is what the American Heart Association calls the “movie heart attack.” And while it is true that many heart attacks are sudden and powerful, most ...

  • Salad – What Color is Yours? January 27, 2011

    custom buffet italian salad m 300x151People will often say they order salads in restaurants when they are trying to lose weight. They believe eating a salad will decrease their calorie intake … but not all salads are created equal. If you are not careful, your salad could have as many calories ...

  • Germs – Surprising places they hide January 27, 2011

    When it comes to avoiding germs, your smart phone may not be so smart. Experts say cell phones are hot spots for bacteria growth. As we head into the height of cold and flu season, it is important to be aware of where germs lurk and some practical ways to avoid ...

  • Fats – What the skinny on them? August 27, 2010

    avocado2 300x194We’ve all heard the recommendation to decrease our intake of saturated fats and trans fats. We’ve all heard that eating the wrong kinds of fats can cause serious health problems. We’ve also heard there are good fats and bad fats. Here’s the “skinny”… The Best Fat Monounsaturated fat is the ...

  • Insomnia – the Waking Game August 27, 2010

    There is a reason for the phrase “I slept like a baby” when describing a good night’s rest. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, once people reach adulthood approximately 30 percent have symptoms of insomnia. For people over age 60, that number climbs to about 50 percent. As people ...

  • Statins – Offering a viable option for improving a cholesterol profile August 27, 2010

    With heart disease the single leading cause of death in America and stroke the third leading cause, the use of statins offers many patients viable treatment and prevention options not previously available. Controlling your cholesterol level is an important factor in maintaining good health. Cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which can ...

  • Aspirin? Tylenol? Advil? Aleve?…What’s the difference? June 27, 2010

    You’ve no doubt heard the question, “Does anyone have an aspirin?” Most of the time, people don’t have a particular brand in mind, just as people ask for a Kleenex when they want a tissue or Xerox when they want to make a copy. But, with aspirin-like products – Bayer, Bufferin, ...