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How to Avoid High Cholesterol Levels

By | 2018-05-21T18:49:11+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cholesterol is waxy substance found in every cell of your body. It has important natural functions when it comes to digesting foods, producing hormones, and generating vitamin D. It is made naturally by the body but can also be taken in from animal-derived foods. There are two types of cholesterol; LDL (low-density lipoproteins, or “bad” cholesterol) [...]

Top Health Concerns and Tips – In Your 20s and 30s

By | 2018-05-29T14:16:18+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Each woman’s health concerns are as unique as they are. Whether you are concerned about maintaining a healthy weight, reproductive issues, keeping skin looking youthful, mood fluctuations, reducing stress, or preventing bone loss, NorthShore Primary Care physicians are here to help. As we age, regular medical checkups and health screenings continue to be very important. Healthy [...]

What does your gut tell you?

By | 2018-05-29T14:23:23+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Between 25 and 45 million people in the United States experience abdominal pain or discomfort, a disorder commonly known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common symptoms are altered bowel habits such as recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both – either mixed or in alteration. Of the 10-15 percent of the adult population who suffer from IBS symptoms [...]

Is your heart healthy enough for exercise?

By | 2018-05-29T14:29:16+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

It is true that regular exercise and eating healthy are the two best pathways to improved health, but for some, a health evaluation may be the best way to get started down the road of wellness. You should start with a self-evaluation and check in with your health care provider if you think you have risk [...]

Osteoporosis Management – A Clinical Update

By | 2018-01-04T15:35:35+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Dr. Sheila Rice and her colleagues Dr. Pelin Batur, Paola Barrios and Dr. Andrea Sikon, recently published a high-impact clinical update on Osteoporosis Management in the Journal of Women’s Health. The paper highlighted findings on: the safety of long-term use of denusomab (brand name Prolia -an osteoporosis treatment drug) and bisphosphonates (medication class that include brand [...]

How to Kick the Sugar Habit

By | 2018-05-29T14:40:24+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

There is nothing satisfying about what too much sugar does to your body. You can link excessive consumption to heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, acne, wrinkles and other signs of accelerated aging. It can also damage your brain and liver. It has been studied that certain types of cancers use sugar to fuel [...]

Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

By | 2018-05-29T14:42:01+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

According to information from the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma and injury deaths in older adults in the United States. They are also the most common cause of older adult traumatic brain injuries, accounting for 46% of fatal falls. It is important to realize that falling [...]

When Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Hits Home

By | 2018-01-04T15:38:06+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

While Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) sounds terribly alarming, it is quite common -- especially in the warmer months. People of any age can have HFMD, but typically it affects infants and children younger than five years of age. Symptoms include a skin rash, fever and mouth sores. It is not related to the foot [...]

What is high cholesterol?

By | 2017-12-18T20:06:19+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance. Your body needs some cholesterol, but it can build up on the walls of your arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke when you have too much in your blood. 73.5 million adults, or 31.7% in the United States have high LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Fewer than 1 out [...]

The Diagnosis and Prevalence of Diabetes

By | 2017-04-06T17:08:39+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Twenty-nine million people in the United States, or 9.3%, have a diabetic condition.  Diabetic conditions are a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).  The most common types are: Type 2 diabetes: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). 90-95% of diagnosed [...]