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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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Your Questions About BMI, Answered

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

There’s a lot of hype about BMI (body mass index), but what does it really mean in terms of determining a healthy weight? How is it calculated? Is it accurate? Does it have shortcomings? The answers might not be what you’d expect. What is BMI? BMI is a simple method for determining the health of an individual’s weight based on his or her height. The technical calculation is mass in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, there are easy-to-use BMI calculators on the…

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Conquering Food Cravings

04/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansHealthy Eating

Ever wonder what causes you to crave certain foods? Do your cravings seem to occur in similar situations, such as when you’re under stress? Research points to specific areas of the brain – those involved with memory and sensing pleasure – that are responsible for food cravings. Cravings also are linked to emotions. They may arise as a way of reducing anxiety or relieving stress. Studies show that a combination of fat and sugar can have a calming effect, and carbohydrates increase…

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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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