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Diabetes in the Hispanic Population: Prevention is Key

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansDiabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes: Many people believe that it is a hereditary disease, but it can actually affect any one of us. In the United States, there are about 25.6 million people with diabetes and it’s the fifth leading cause of death among Hispanics. This condition is a major cause of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and amputations. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when sugar levels in the blood are above normal. In our bodies, the hormone insulin is responsible for the…

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Five Essential Strategies for a Successful Workout

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

Summer’s right around the corner, so you’ve probably been thinking about dusting off that treadmill or putting your gym membership to good use. That’s fantastic! But there are a few additional, yet easy, steps you can take to get the most out of your workout. 1. Have a plan. Embarking upon any fitness routine should start with a realistic set of expectations and goals. Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event such as a marathon? Do you simply want to dash up the…

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Training Tips for Your First 5K

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

With the harsh winter finally drawing to a close, many people are eager to venture outdoors to begin training for local 5K and half-marathon races this spring. While setting such fitness goals offers significant health and wellness benefits, there are some things you should keep in mind before hitting the pavement. First, it’s important to visit your primary care doctor prior to training – even if you are just planning to walk your first race. This is recommended especially if you have…

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Travel Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

03/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

This month families begin heading to warmer climates for spring break. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, here are some important things to remember to keep your family healthy on vacation. Tips for air travel Fight germs. Before settling into your seat, wipe the tray table and armrests with antibacterial wipes. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating. Don’t use airplane pillows or blankets unless they are delivered to you in plastic. Better yet, bring your own.   Stay…

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Facts About Soda and Sugar Substitutes

02/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansHealthy Eating

Soda is getting a lot of press these days. Numerous health studies have been published about the potential risks of drinking soda – both regular and diet. While sugar-filled sodas have been linked to weight gain and even obesity, diet drinks are also scrutinized. In fact, recent research suggests that diet drinks may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Both regular and diet sodas are not only linked to obesity, but kidney damage and certain cancers. Considering the overall impact…

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Simple Tips for Increasing Your Metabolism

02/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

Whether people are trying to lose weight or want to prevent weight gain, metabolism is usually part of the discussion. The speed at which the body burns calories – called “metabolic rate” – is different for everyone and is based on a variety of factors, including age, gender and genetics. Patients often ask what they can do to boost their metabolic rate. Here are a few suggestions. Build muscle and stay active – The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate…

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Got the Winter Blues? You Might Have SAD

02/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

It may go by several euphemistic names, but seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a very real condition that can affect your mood, your concentration, and your health. However, there are a few things you can do to lift your spirits. As the name implies, seasonal affective disorder usually begins in the fall and continues throughout winter. While we can’t pin down the specific cause of SAD (genetics, age, and your body’s own chemical makeup can play a role), the medical community believes…

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Understanding Weight Loss Supplements

01/19/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

If you resolve to shed some extra pounds in 2014, it’s important to know the steps you should take – and those to avoid – to help improve your chances of not only losing weight, but maintaining a more ideal weight over time. Fundamentally, the most effective way to lose weight – and keep it off – involves modifying your lifestyle to include regular physical activity and healthier dietary choices. In an attempt to jump start weight loss, some people turn to weight loss…

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A Healthy Brain Takes a Little Heart

12/15/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansSenior Services

There’s a lot of talk about ways to boost your brainpower. But it turns out that keeping your brain healthy entails many of the same good habits as keeping the rest of your body, especially your heart, in good shape. Although not everyone slows down cognitively with age, many of us become more likely to experience loss of memory and decline in thought processes as we grow older. While some of this is normal, it can also signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.…

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What Ails You? A Guide to Winter Illnesses

12/15/2013 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

Some illnesses are more common during certain seasons of the year, and winter is no exception. Symptoms of wintertime ailments, such as the common cold, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia, can be similar, making it difficult to determine what illness you’re fighting, how to treat it and when to see your doctor. These basic guidelines may help. Cold – A sore throat is often the first sign, followed by a runny nose, congestion and cough. Adults don’t generally run a fever with a cold,…

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