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  • Snoring—Learn to Sleep Well

      Occasional snoring is fairly common for most people; however, problem snoring may indicate a more serious health issue. Problem snoring is more frequent in men, overweight people, and elderly adults. Causes of snoring Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction of free airflow through the airway, causing tissues in your throat to vibrate. An obstruction in the airway may be caused by one of the following: Anatomy of mouth and throat Poor muscle tone in tongue and throat Alcohol […]

  • Warning Signs—Changes in Mental Health for the Aging Parent

      As the holiday season brings loved ones together in celebration, it may be a good time to pay closer attention to the health and wellness of the older members in your family. Studies show that older individuals are more susceptible to illness and mental disorders, and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. Although the subject of mental health may be difficult to discuss, it is important to seek medical attention if you notice certain symptoms, as many mental […]

  • Celiac Disease—Does everyone benefit from going gluten free?

    In this day and age, most people have heard of gluten, but how many really know what it is? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley and is responsible for the elasticity and shape of certain foods such as bread. Gluten is found in many types of food, even in ones you wouldn’t expect. What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. When a person who has celiac disease ingests […]

  • Gas and bloating: Could it be acid reflux?

    Gas and bloating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but could they also be signs of another health problem? Possibly. While eating certain foods is the most common cause of gas in most people, there may be a connection with acid reflux (GERD), as well. What is GERD? When the ring of muscles, called the lower esophageal sphincter, weaken over time, the valve may not close all the way or open too frequently, allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus. Individuals […]

  • Five foods to avoid with IBS

    Although the exact causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are unknown, it does not mean the symptoms people with IBS feel are not real. IBS is a common disorder of the digestive system, which can cause stomach and intestinal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. With IBS, there is no physical damage to the digestive tract; however, the symptoms can interfere with everyday life. IBS Triggers Stress seems to be one of the most common contributing factor to IBS symptoms. However, […]

  • Why an ulcer could be the culprit to your unexplained stomach pain

      A peptic ulcer refers to a painful sore in the lining of the stomach. Although there is no single cause for the development of peptic ulcers, there are several risk factors that increase your risk. Many cases of peptic ulcers are caused by the presence of the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria. However, other factors include: Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication Family history of peptic ulcers Excess acid production Excessive alcohol use Smoking or chewing tobacco Radiation treatment near […]

  • Colon Cancer: Who is most at risk?

    Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine, which is the lower portion of the digestive system. In most cases, colon cancer begins as benign or precancerous clumps of cells called polyps, and over time, those polyps can become cancerous. Unfortunately, a direct cause of colon cancer is not yet clear; however, there are several risk factors including age, family history, inherited syndromes, diet, and lifestyle that do increase your chances of developing colon cancer. It is recommended that people […]

  • Common digestive problems: know the warning signs and when to seek medical help

    Digestive problems can range from mild stomach discomfort to intense abdominal pain. Disorders of the digestive tract are quite common, but diagnosing these disorders and finding symptom relief usually takes a trip to the doctor. However, don’t let digestive symptoms continue without getting things checked out. Common digestive disorders Heartburn/GERD Inflammatory bowel disease Irritable bowel syndrome Gallstones Diverticulitis Hemorrhoids What are signs and symptoms that can signify problems of the digestive tract? Abdominal bloating Abdominal pain and cramping Constipation Diarrhea […]

  • Agonizing Stomach Pain: Is it gallstones?

      Unexplained stomach upset and pain can be irritating and even debilitating. Unfortunately, a variety of conditions can cause digestive distress, so diagnosing the culprit behind these symptoms can be difficult. One condition that many people may not consider is gallstones. What are gallstones? Gallstones are solid deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder aids in digestion by holding bile and secreting it into the small intestine. Sometimes, stones develop because cholesterol or pigments in bile […]

  • What is Coronary Artery Disease? Get the Facts

    Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability for both men and women in the U.S. It includes a number of conditions affecting the function of the heart. Coronary artery disease refers to the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries from the buildup of cholesterol and plaques. This buildup restricts blood flow to the heart. If the blood supply to the heart is cut off, a heart attack can occur. Symptoms of coronary artery disease  […]

  • Get Heart Healthy: Fat in Your Diet and Decreasing your Risk Factors

    Heart health should be a concern for everyone, and there are steps you can take today to decrease your risk of heart disease and increase your overall health. You do not necessarily have to make huge life changes today, even small steps count toward a healthy heart. And learning about the role fats play in your diet can contribute to a healthy life. The Role Fats Play in Having a Healthy Heart In general choose unsaturated: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 […]

  • The top three heart healthy exercises to keep you moving

    It is important to remember that the heart is a muscle, and the more you practice healthy habits, like daily exercise, the stronger it gets. Anyone at any fitness level can benefit from a regular exercise routine. It’s never too late to make small changes to improve your health. Top three types of exercise for heart health Aerobic: Brisk walk, jogging, biking, elliptical, swimming Strength training: Weight training, resistance bands, using body weight Stretching to improve flexibility and avoid injury Benefits […]

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