You were already overwhelmed when your doctor first diagnosed you with type 2 diabetes. You did all you could: improved your diet, cut out sugary sodas and juices, used your gym membership, and even shed a few pounds. But now your doctor has said that in addition to... Read More
IBS and lifestyle
You knew that cup of coffee was a bad idea, but you were craving a morning caffeine boost. Now you're suffering from painful cramps due to your irritable bowel syndrome, and you know diarrhea will follow shortly. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common and chronic disorder... Read More
While rummaging through your medicine cabinet, you notice that a couple of medications are expired. What should you do with them? To correctly dispose of unnecessary or expired medication, follow these recommendations: First, look for local drug takeback sites, events or receptacles. These are usually the preferred...Read More
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Healthy habits and heart disease
You've probably heard about the importance of exercising daily and maintaining a healthy weight to help prevent and manage heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and cholesterol. But you may not know about factors that make people less likely to follow this trusted medical advice. Taking medications to...Read More
Should I get tested for celiac disease if a close relative has it?
A: Yes, it is. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that as many as 44% of first-degree relatives — parents, siblings or children — of someone with celiac disease also had the disease. Most prior studies suggested a lower but still significant risk of around 10% of first-degree relatives... Read More
How do I go about finding a decent, affordable hearing aid?
A: You're right to ask, since your husband's issue is shared by many. About one-third of Americans ages 65 to 74 have hearing loss, as do close to 50% of Americans age 75 and older. To deal with this surging demand, there are a variety of licensed professionals who... Read More