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How can you prevent liver cirrhosis?

What Are the Causes of Liver Cirrhosis and How Can It Be Prevented?

05/12/2015 | Treatments & ServicesWellness

Liver cirrhosis occurs when chronic damage to the liver causes scar tissue to replace normal tissue, inhibiting blood flow and preventing the liver from doing it’s job removing toxins and poison from the body. Liver cirrhosis is the 12th most common cause of death in the United States, per the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. Liver disease kills 1 in every 10,000 people in Indiana. Unlike many other common causes of death, liver cirrhosis is seldom discussed and…

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Break the mold when you work out.

Non-Traditional Places to Work Out: 5 Gyms that Break the Mold in Indianapolis

05/12/2015 | WellnessExercisePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

As summer approaches, the minds of many turn to one thing: getting in shape. For Hoosiers living in Indianapolis, the options to lose a few pounds and gain a little muscle are many. Sometimes, traditional gyms can be a little daunting. Finding a gym or other place to get in shape that’s a fit for your lifestyle and personality can be a real challenge. Here are five options that will get you up and moving. IU Health Sports Performance Center In addition to high quality medical care, IU Health…

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Women’s psychological health: the age when we refine and redefine

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The years after age 50 are often looked upon with a degree of trepidation. On the one hand, you may feel that you’ve “arrived;” on the other, you may be wondering, “what’s next?” Life’s changes can leave us with opportunities as well as mixed feelings. Loss and change. Let’s face it — life is not static, and we begin to experience change or loss at a more profound level and even greater frequency in our older years. Significant life adjustments…

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It’s never too late to change a bad habit

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

If you’re over the age of 45, you should be aware that health issues can start cropping up at a much faster rate than when you were younger. Even the smallest bad habits can have a profound impact on your wellbeing. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are over the age of 45. Not getting enough sleep. Studies show that insomnia is a common problem…

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Little things you may be doing now can add up

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

A seemingly insignificant action early on can result in a dramatic change later. It’s called the butterfly effect, and it’s just as applicable to wellness as it is to weather patterns. The habits formed in our younger years can greatly affect our health as we age. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are under the age of 45. Too much sun (yes,…

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Healthy options for meals on the go

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Busy spring schedules can jeopardize routines for families on the go—especially when it comes to healthy eating. With kids and parents running from school and work to sports practices and events, healthy dinners often take a backseat when time is tight. If you find yourself resorting to drive-thru and quick meal options this season, here are some tips to keep healthy choices on the menu: Avoid fried foods. While drive-thrus are convenient, fast food can be high in calories and fat. Steer clear…

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Health tips for summer air travel

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

With summer travel season approaching, many families are planning air travel to favorite destinations. While traveling by plane is convenient, there are some health concerns to keep in mind for a more enjoyable trip. Keep germs at bay. You’re much more likely to catch a cold on an airplane than other places due to the close quarters and stale air. To help protect against germs, avoid grabbing seat backs when walking down the aisle, and use a paper towel when opening the plane’s bathroom…

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How to Tell if You Are at Risk for Diabetes (And What to Do About It)

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Are you at risk for diabetes?

In 2012, 9.3% of all Americans had diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people total. Of those, 27.85 million have type II, or Adult Onset Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from creating enough insulin, a hormone that regulates sugars in the blood. This causes significant health problems including eye complications, kidney problems, and increased risk of heart disease. While it’s possible to live a full and healthy life with diabetes, it is a very serious disease that kills…

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Kidney Stones

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kidney Stones But Were Afraid to Ask

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNephrology & Kidney Diseases

Kidney stones are one of the most common, and one of the most painful disorders in the United States. It is estimated that over a million people each year are affected by kidney stones. It is important to understand what kidney stones are, whether or not you are at risk for kidney stones, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are affected by them. What is a Kidney Stone? A kidney stone is a solid piece of material (usually salt and other minerals) that forms in the kidneys from material excreted…

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Joint Pain

05/07/2015 | Arthritis & RheumatologyOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience pain.   Joint…

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