Mills-Peninsula Health Blog

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Which Diets Really Work?


About 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend an estimated $33 billion on weight-loss products. There’s the vegan diet for people who avoid meat and cheese. There’s Paleo for people who only eat meat, fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s the gluten-free diet for people shunning breads and pasta.

Which diets really work? None of them – and all of them.

“Any diet works as long as you’re on it,” says Natalya Denissov, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula family medicine doctor. “When you go off the diet you regain the weight. Sometimes you regain even more than you lost. So you really need to find an approach to eating that you enjoy.” Read More

8 Top Tips for Wellness


Many causes of health problems and major illnesses can be prevented by choosing a healthy lifestyle. Help keep your body and mind healthy with these top wellness tips from Mills-Peninsula doctors.

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Caring for a Newborn


The first year of life is an amazing time for a baby and for his parents. In 12 short months, a baby develops from a helpless newborn to an inquisitive toddler. Yet many new parents feel overwhelmed during this time, unsure of everything from how much sleep a baby needs to how often he should be fed. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.

Karin Wertz, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula pediatrician based in San Mateo, fields dozens of questions from parents regularly. Here are her tips on how to raise a healthy, happy baby. Read More

Best & Worst Foods to Lower Cholesterol


High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The good news? You can lower your bad cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke with healthy lifestyle eating choices and exercise – and following a medical plan, if prescribed by your doctor.

As you may have seen in the news recently, cholesterol itself isn’t bad. We all have cholesterol in our bodies. But it’s important to learn about the difference between good (HDL cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol and how it affects your health.  Take this short American Heart Association Heart Health Quiz to test your cholesterol knowledge.

In this blog post, Deborah Kurzrock, a Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian, weighs in on the best and worst foods for lowering cholesterol levels – and on the benefits of exercise to prevent or help manage bad cholesterol. Read More

Heart Disease: Facts and Prevention


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

Heart Health

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


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