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Could You Be Among the Millions of Americans Who Don't Know They Have High Blood Pressure? Jun 1st, 2021

In the beginning, high blood pressure typically doesn’t express noticeable symptoms. As a result, almost half of United States adults have high blood pressure, and many don’t know they’re affected.  If you’re at risk of developing high blood pressure, you can’t afford to wait until symptoms occur. Having high blood...

Lifestyle Modifications for Fibromyalgia May 3rd, 2021

Fibromyalgia comes with a range of painful and debilitating symptoms, from chronic body aches to persistent fatigue. To live with fibromyalgia, you need to make adjustments to your habits and expectations. If you can find the right balance for your condition, you can manage to still live a full and...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Apr 1st, 2021

Scientists have long known that there’s a link between obesity and diabetes. In fact, the term “diabesity” was coined to describe the situation. Some 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are obese, and recent research has demonstrated evidence that obesity also affects Type 1 diabetes. To answer...

Childhood Vaccinations and Why They Matter Mar 10th, 2021

Vaccinations are an important part of your child’s medical needs. In the last century, childhood vaccinations have almost wiped out many serious and life-threatening diseases, like polio and measles. Early vaccination helps your child’s immune system develop and strengthen. The CDC recommends children start receiving vaccines in the first years...

Make It a Healthy Year With a Preventive Physical Exam Feb 1st, 2021

Just as you might get an oil change before a road trip or schedule air conditioner maintenance for your home ahead of the hot summer months, your body also benefits from preventive care. And what better time to schedule a preventive physical examination than at the start of a new...

6 Principles of Chronic Care Jan 17th, 2021

From diabetes and high blood pressure to Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons’ disease, chronic illnesses plague more than 133 million people throughout the United States.  In addition to the pain and disabling aspect of an ongoing condition, managing your own care heaps stress and complications on top of an already challenging situation....

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

7 Causes of Hypertension Dec 1st, 2020

Hypertension, better known as high blood pressure, is an extremely common condition. An estimated 46% of American adults live with hypertension. Although 95% of cases of hypertension don’t have a known underlying cause, certain risk factors make it more likely that you’ll develop hypertension. While many of these factors can’t...

Understanding the Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Nov 9th, 2020

If you suffer from diabetes, you’re not alone. More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, a group of diseases that hinder the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Diabetes requires careful management to prevent more serious health problems, including heart or kidney disease.  The American Diabetes Association says more than...

How to Prepare for Your Yearly Physical Oct 9th, 2020

A physical is a comprehensive exam that evaluates whole-body wellness. From weight to blood pressure, various screenings detect changes in your body that could compromise your health. If you’re feeling healthy, it’s easy to let scheduling your yearly physical slip to the back of your mind — but getting an...

Acute Joint Pain vs. Arthritis Sep 9th, 2020

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments among American adults. Over 20% (about 54 million people) suffer from some form of arthritis in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Arthritis can cause debilitating joint pain and is the leading cause of workplace...

Benefits of an Annual Flu Shot Aug 11th, 2020

Every year in the United States and around the world, millions of people are infected by the flu virus. In the US alone, the CDC estimates as many as 11% of people are infected with the flu each year — that’s more than 30 million people. In some people, influenza...

Is Back Pain Normal As You Age? Jun 8th, 2020

We hear it all the time: I’m getting older, so it’s normal to have aches and pains. But is it really? At Healthy Life Family Medicine, John Monroe, MD, and our team can help you understand what’s normal when it comes to your back pain and how to reduce your...

The Best Ways to Manage Your Joint Pain May 21st, 2020

If you’re living with joint pain, you probably think about it throughout the day. It can be hard not to focus on how moving or putting weight on an affected joint brings you discomfort. When certain movements cause you pain, it’s tempting to reshape your life to avoid those things,...

That Hip Pain Could Actually Be a Sciatica Problem Apr 27th, 2020

Your hips are incredibly active joints and no strangers to the occasional ache and pain, especially as you get older. But searing pain in one of your hips may have nothing to do with your hip at all, but a pinched nerve root in your lower back. At Healthy Life...

High Blood Pressure is Prevalent and Often Goes Undiagnosed Mar 29th, 2020

Some 75 million adults in this country suffer from high blood pressure. What’s more, an estimated 13 million don’t know that they have the condition. Even though elusive symptoms can hinder the condition’s discovery, successful diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, are not impossible....

Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It? Feb 19th, 2020

Our bodies change a lot as we get older. We may lose tolerance for certain foods, experience higher blood pressure, or have difficulty controlling our blood sugar. For some of us, a change in diet or lifestyle is all it takes to alleviate these symptoms. For others, we could be...