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Discover Foods that Help Drop Cholesterol

June 17, 2016 | Primary Care

Fillet of salmon with asparagusIf your cholesterol is high, you will probably need a multi-faceted approach of diet changes, exercise, and medication to help lower it. Many people struggle with the best way to tackle dietary changes. Will it work to just cut out fast food? What is the best kind of cooking oil? Can I still have snacks?

While there is no magic approach to lowering your cholesterol, try these guidelines to help drop your numbers.

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Metabolic Myths: Stop Blaming Your Metabolism for Unwanted Weight Gain

June 15, 2016 | Primary Care

True or False?apple on palm

I’ll never look like that, my metabolism is just too slow.

I’d like to lose a few pounds, but I can’t change my metabolism so what’s the point?

I’ve got a fast metabolism, so lucky for me I can eat as much junk food as I want.

If you answered “false” to the above statements, you’re well on your way to understanding your metabolism and how it works. So often we want to blame our metabolisms for weight gain, but it’s time to learn the facts about what’s truly going on in our bodies.

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4 Ways Technology Can Make You Fit

June 7, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-05-31 (3)It’s estimated Americans spend 11 hours or more on their technological devices a day, scrolling through social media pages, texting, listening to music, watching videos, and more.

We’d like to propose four healthier, more active ways you could be using your devices.

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Dreading a Doctor Visit? Five Tips to Overcome Nerves

May 25, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-05-18_3If you get butterflies in your stomach thinking about a trip to the doctor, you’re not alone. While many adults may not admit they feel nervous or embarrassed when it comes to healthcare appointments, the phenomenon is actually common. Many people worry about a bad test result or pain associated with a procedure. Others may be embarrassed to discuss certain health topics or be afraid the doctor will lecture them on the repercussions of unhealthy behavior.

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Beyond the Beach Body Diet: Four Overlooked Tips for Long-Term Weight Loss

May 12, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-05-12Summer is the perfect season for pool parties and weekend beach trips, yet many people dread the thought of putting on a swimsuit due to extra pounds. In a quest for a lean and toned beach body, adults and teens often turn to weight-loss programs that offer quick and dramatic results. But do these programs work and do they keep weight off in the long run? Will you look great in June, but gain it all back by September?

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Understanding Your Lab Work

April 28, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-04-25 (1)Lab tests, which usually include blood or urine samples, provide your doctor a window into many vital health markers and are relatively non-invasive. While lab work can pinpoint the cause of symptoms, screen for a disease, or confirm a diagnosis, lab results are often difficult for patients to understand. A long list of numbers that indicate both results and reference ranges can look more like a high school math test than useful health information.The following guide will help you interpret many of the more common lab tests.

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Turning Healthy Choices into Long-Lasting Habits

April 25, 2016 | Primary Care

Doctors, hospitals, and the media are placing increased emphasis on wellness and disease prevention. In addition, the Internet and social media make it easier than ever to gain access to health tips, workout routines, healthy recipes, and more. Yet, many people struggle with how to make healthy choices a regular habit. Trying a few light recipes or going on an occasional run around the neighborhood will not sustain long-term health. To make healthy choices a regular part of your routine, try these tips:

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Six Questions to Ask When Looking for a Family Doctor

April 19, 2016 | Primary Care

Your relationship with your doctor isn’t top of mind every day, but if you’re sick or struggling with a chronic illness, it’s vital to have a family doctor you trust. Medical skills and training, personality, and communication styles are all factors that make the difference between a confident and comfortable relationship with your doctor and a feeling that your medical provider is just passable.

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Scrapes, Rashes, and Blisters: When to See a Doctor for Irritated Skin

March 24, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-03-24If you’ve ever experienced an itchy rash keeping you up at night or the constant pain of a bad scrape, you know skin irritations can interfere with daily life. Many skin rashes, abrasions, or blisters can be treated safely at home with a few items from the pharmacy. However, some conditions may require care from a physician. Learn how to care for skin irritations at home and the warning signs that indicate you should call the doctor.

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