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Heart Disease: Facts and Prevention

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year – 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite its prevalence in our society, heart disease myths persist. One of the biggest heart disease myths is that it strikes only men and older adults. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and it’s more deadly for women than all kinds of cancer combined.

Yet, “it’s been drilled into our culture that heart disease is a male disease,” Tania Nanevicz, M.D., a cardiologist at Mills-Peninsula, says. “So women themselves don’t always recognize what’s happening.” Read More

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined? February is Heart Month, and a good time to learn more about heart attack symptoms in women. Read More

Flu Facts: What You Should Know

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Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu (influenza) and more than 200,000 end up in hospital due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To stay healthy, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a flu vaccine. However, when it comes to the flu, several myths and tales persist. Test your flu facts and fiction knowledge with this quiz from the CDC. Read More

Five Golden Rules for Healthy Joints

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With so much use, it’s no surprise some 30 percent of Americans complain of joint pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the pain, most of us neglect our joint health. The simple truth is that most people don’t how to maintain healthy joints. Hint: It’s not the supplements you hear about on the radio and TV.

“Your body simply flushes out excess vitamins and minerals. That can make for very expensive urine,” says Robert Detch, M.D., co-medical director of the Advanced Joint Care & Replacement Center at Mills-Peninsula. If you really want your joints to stay healthy into older age, follow these five golden rules, he advises Read More

Perimenopause and Menopause

BLOGmotherdaughtermenopause When it comes to menopause, what’s normal and what’s not?

Most women hear about menopause first from their mom or an aunt who complains of hot flashes, bloating and mood swings and blames it all on “the change of life.” But everything you think you know about menopause is probably really about perimenopause.

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When the Blues Becomes Depression

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Feeling sad is a normal part of life, but sometimes a passing case of the blues crosses into another territory: depression.

“Depression is a very common condition, especially in women,” Kimberly Jong, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine doctor, says. “One in five women will have depression at some point in their lives.”

Getting Help

If you’ve been struggling with lingering feelings of sadness and despair, but you aren’t sure whether to manage it on your own or seek help, the best place to start is with your primary care or family medicine doctor.

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The Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Cure

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Diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, are becoming major health problems in the United States. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lifetime.

The health complications associated with the disease can be devastating: heart disease, stroke, loss of vision, kidney failure and nerve damage that can lead to limb amputation.

But a diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean a lifetime of insulin injections and medications. Diabetes is one disease that can be controlled and sometimes even completely reversed through healthy changes to diet and exercise. Read More