Healthy Living

Hope for Mental Illness: Awareness and Treatment Options

May 19, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine

2016-05-18_LHC_2Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.— that’s 43.8 million people — experience mental illness in any given year. Anxiety disorders affect 18 percent of American adults, and among people aged 15 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. While the numbers are staggering, studies show that awareness and education help prompt more people to speak out and seek treatment. In honor of National Mental Health Month, we’ve provided a list of common signs of mental illness and information about treatment benefits and options.

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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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Team Up with an Endocrinologist to Manage Thyroid Function

May 3, 2016 | Endocrinology

2016-05-03If your thyroid gland isn’t functioning properly, it can affect everything from energy levels to heart function to digestion. Patients with thyroid disorders may suffer from a wide range of symptoms. Understanding how a thyroid disorder can impact your health is the first key to feeling better. We’ve compiled information about two of the most common thyroid disorders and tips for coping.

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Life After a Stroke: How a Neurologist Can Help

April 28, 2016 | Neurology

A stroke can be a life altering event that requires weeks or months of recovery. Having a skilled neurologist coordinating your care helps ensure you regain as much function as possible. Because neurologists are specially trained to understand brain function and anatomy, as well as different types of strokes, they can help you understand what caused your stroke and develop steps to reduce the risk of a future stroke.

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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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Cholesterol Health: Signs Your Levels May Be Out of Balance

April 14, 2016 | Endocrinology

2016-04-14The word cholesterol has a bad reputation since it’s typically associated with heart disease, yet our body actually needs a certain level of cholesterol to function properly. Cholesterol helps your body make Vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium, and is vital in producing hormones. Cholesterol also plays a role digesting food. However, if cholesterol levels are out of balance, your body can suffer.

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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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Am I Depressed or Just Going Through a Tough Time?

March 4, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine

2016-03-04We all have times when we feel sad or encounter obstacles that pull us down. In fact, sad emotions are a normal reaction to the loss of a job, illness in the family, and other life hurdles. However, if the sadness persists or feels overwhelming, you may be wondering if it’s actual depression or just a tough time that will pass on its own.

“People who are depressed may experience symptoms in different ways, but for most people, depression changes how you function on a day-to-day basis over a period of time,” says Dr. David Gutterman of LeBauer Behavioral Medicine in Greensboro, NC. “Sleep patterns, appetite, and energy levels are typically affected by depression, and these areas impact your ability to function at work and home.”

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