For most people, losing weight is a challenge that requires them to make lifestyle changes. They must focus on diet and exercise, reducing caloric intake while increasing physical activity. It is best to follow a low-
An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid or semisolid material that forms on or within an ovary. These cysts are highly common, especially during the childbearing years. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ovarian cysts are less common after menopause; however, postmenopausal women who have an ovarian cyst are at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer. In most cases, cysts are harmless and typically go away on their own.
Creating a baby is no small feat. Many conditions, both in the woman and the man, have to be just right for pregnancy to occur. According to the Mayo Clinic, (www.mayoclinic.org), up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. They have not conceived a child even though they have had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In up to half of these couples, male infertility is a significant factor.
You hear it all the time: “Before beginning any exercise program, see your doctor.”
It’s good advice, especially if you’ve been sedentary and are now determined to get back into shape. It is important to consult a physician about your current state of health so you can be aware of possible limitations or problems that could arise while you’re working out.
Breastfeeding is the best way to give your child a healthy start in life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants. It is more convenient than bottle feeding because the milk is always available at the right temperature, and there are no supplies to sterilize or formulas to mix. Breast milk substitutes such as formula are harder to digest, especially for premature infants since they have an immature gut.
With summer vacation looming, parents and kids are getting ready for camp. Many camps require attendees to have a pre-
People who have diabetes must be extra vigilant about their eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between the ages of 20 and 74, and 45 percent of patients with diabetes develop diabetic eye disease, which can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness, according to www.DiabetesSightRisk.com. One diabetic complication that affects the eyes is diabetic retinopathy, in which blood vessels become blocked and prevent areas of the retina....
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are often a winter inevitability. They are caused by the oral form of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-
Have you made a resolution to take better care of yourself this year? Be sure to consider not only your physical health but your mental health as well. According to a new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control, people in the United States have made great progress in some health areas — for example, they get more exercise and fewer teens smoke cigarettes — but they have lagged behind in many others, particularly in the area of mental health.
Hippocrates, the father of modern-
Too often we look for healing in medicine bottles. But perhaps it would be better if we looked elsewhere to the fruits and vegetables sections of our local grocery store.
There is good news about prostate cancer. It is one of the most common cancers men develop (the American Cancer Society says about one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime), but it is often treated successfully, especially when detected early, still confined to the prostate.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and women. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
The most important risk factor for lung cancer is smoking.
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Another variation on this theme is the admonishment to "Eat to live; don't live to eat."
Too often we look for healing in medicine bottles. But perhaps it would be better if we looked elsewhere, to the fruits and vegetables sections of our local grocery store. Fruits and vegetables can be your best, relatively inexpensive non-
You can find almost anything you take for various ailments in pill form in natural abundance in different fruits or vegetables. For instance, people who have high blood pressure can eat foods rich in potassium, such as dried apricots, squash, fish, sweet potatoes, beans, beets and bananas. Calcium and magnesium also battle high blood pressure. You will get these essential minerals from halibut, spinach, bran cereal, almonds and pumpkin seeds. Omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish such as tuna have also been shown to lower blood pressure. While adding these to your diet, be sure to subtract salt, using fresh herbs and spices to give food a better taste.
We've all heard vitamin C is our best defense against the common
cold. It may be easier to pop a vitamin C tablet, but it would be better to eat an orange. There simply is no substitute for food in its most natural state. A tablet can't totally duplicate the compounds plants use to protect themselves from decay and biological attack. Ingesting the fresh fruit imparts its protective elements directly to you. For example, if you eat a fresh tomato, you not only get the powerful antioxidant lycopene but a number of other antioxidants as well, along with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that work together to prevent heart disease by decreasing cholesterol and lipid levels.
Another element that helps keep your body strong and flexible is calcium. Including calcium-
into your bones.
Raw food in a rainbow of color can help you gain and maintain health and wellness. Be sure to use cooking methods that don't diminish the nutrients in these foods. Usually your best bet is to boil or sauté vegetables or eat them raw -
A native of Louisville, Dr. John Reesor joined Family Practice Associates in 2001. He is on the community-