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How exercise can improve your blood pressure

If you have it, this article concerns your least favorite subject. The ever-looming elephant in many of our rooms—high blood pressure. The medical condition known as high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is simply when the long-term force of blood against one’s artery walls is consistently too high. Commonly referred to as the silent killer, …

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How to tell people about your cancer diagnosis

Telling those closest to you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is a hard conversation to start, especially when you’re still reeling from the diagnosis. Sometimes it’s tough to know what to do or say in that situation to ensure that you’re sharing the facts while being open and honest with your feelings. Here …

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Yes, you can lower your chances of osteoporosis (Here’s how)

One of the questions I hear most often is, “how can I prevent osteoporosis?” It’s a great question, because it shows that people want to sidestep—instead of just treat—this common problem. The good news is there are ways to do exactly that. Understand what osteoporosis is The first step is to know how this condition …

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How to make sense of your lab results

My patients often have questions about the results of their laboratory tests, or bloodwork, especially in this era of “Doctor Google.” I thought it would be good to point out some things that will help you understand the results you receive. It’s important to remember that the conclusions we can make from a collection of …

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The heart disease risk factor you probably haven’t heard of: Lipoprotein (a)

True or false? If you’ve eaten “heart-healthy” your whole life and exercise daily, you’re not at any risk for a heart attack. The answer: False.   A few years ago, Bob Harper, a trainer from reality TV show “The Biggest Loser,” had a heart attack at 52 years old. But how? Wasn’t he healthy and active? Turns out, right under his nose—and the noses of many others—another powerful …

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Is a vegan diet nutritionally adequate?

The vegan diet has gained much popularity over the last decade. Promotion of the diet by celebrities and athletes has increased awareness of the many health benefits of veganism. In fact, as many as 3-6% of US consumers report being vegan. This is a significant increase, compared to just 1% in 2014. The American Institute …

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How to build your child’s self-esteem at every age

The best part of my job is when I get to help families support and nurture kids’ mental health. One of the primary ways we do that is by building young peoples’ self-esteem. Positive self-esteem in kids is characterized by a feeling of positive self-worth, general optimism, a willingness to try new things, and a …

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