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Understanding Your Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Dec 1st, 2022

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis will change your life, and you likely won’t be sure what to think. Numerous questions will come up, like, “Will my life be shorter?” “Can I still live a normal life?” “What changes will be necessary?”  All these and more are questions you will want to...

5 Common Signs of an Ear Infection Nov 2nd, 2022

Children pass through many health hurdles for the first several years of their lives, such as colds, growing teeth, and ear infections. About 50% of infants will have at least one ear infection before their second birthday. Since communicating the issue is difficult for infants, it comes down to recognizing the signs...

What Can Help My Sciatica? Oct 1st, 2022

Pain in your back can have a number of different causes, including nerve irritation. One of the biggest nerves that’s affected in your back is known as your sciatic nerve. When it becomes irritated, the pain in your back and legs is intense and sometimes debilitating. Getting treatment can help you...

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of Prostate Exams Sep 1st, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men. It doesn’t have noticeable warning signs, but it can be detected with a simple prostate exam and blood test. The earlier cancer is identified, the easier treatment will be. Prostate exams are an effective method of screening for prostate cancer, and...

The Link Between High Stress Levels and High Blood Pressure Aug 1st, 2022

About one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, or hypertension - that’s about 75 million adults. The problem is that many people don’t even know they have the condition, which is sometimes called the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs or symptoms.  If you have...

Can My Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed? Jul 1st, 2022

Type 2 diabetes is one of a few different types of the metabolic condition. It’s the most common type and is closely associated with lifestyle factors like your dietary choices and (lack of) exercise.  Leading up to a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, your body becomes increasingly resistant to a hormone called insulin....

How Joint Injections Can Help Restore Your Mobility Jun 1st, 2022

In any 30-day window, about one-third of Americans experience joint pain. Because this pain is so common, especially as you get older, far too many people dismiss it as a normal part of life. It’s not. Whether you’ve got pain in your knees, hips, hands, elbows, or somewhere else, you’re not stuck...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal—What Now? May 1st, 2022

You may think of a Pap smear as just a quick swab that happens during a regular OB/GYN appointment, but when the results come back “abnormal,” the screening takes on a whole new importance. Pap smears give John Monroe, MD and the team at Healthy Life Family Medicine important information...

Adopt These Lifestyle Habits to Prevent Diabetes Apr 1st, 2022

Diabetes is a modern-day health scourge that impacts millions of people each year. Most of the over 30 million diagnosed have type 2 diabetes, while another 84 million are considered prediabetic, or on the threshold of developing full-blown diabetes.  There is good news — you do not have to become part of...

Why Is it Dangerous To Have High Blood Pressure Mar 1st, 2022

If you’re one of the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, you’ve probably resolved to make positive health and wellness changes in the new year. John Monroe, MD, Natalie Lake, MD, and their expert team assist patients in the Goodyear, Arizona area to live healthy, full lives all year...

How to Live a Normal and Healthy Lifestyle with High Blood Pressure Feb 1st, 2022

High blood pressure causes countless health complications. Whether yours stems from genetics, obesity, age, drug or alcohol use, or something else, you know that the consequences of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, are heart disease, stroke, aneurysms, and other serious conditions. However, unlike so many health issues, you...

Should I Come in for Acute Care or Head to the ER? Jan 1st, 2022

When you or a family member is sick or suffers an injury and needs immediate medical care, it’s not always easy to know if the emergency room (ER) or an acute care facility is the best place to go for help.  At Healthy Life Family Medicine, our team of care...

Are My Vaccinations Up to Date? Dec 5th, 2021

The preventive power of vaccinations has been known for a long time. Accounts exist of crude attempts to protect people from disease by exposing them to just a bit of disease in this way that go as far back as the 11th century in China and India.  Fast forward a...

Are You Prediabetic? Nov 1st, 2021

Did you know that 34 million Americans have diabetes, but one in five has no idea? These numbers become even more troubling when you learn that an additional 88 million adults — or one in three — have prediabetes, but 84% don’t know it.  Diabetes is a blood sugar disorder...

Why the Flu Shot Is Especially Important for Kids and Seniors Oct 3rd, 2021

You can get a flu shot at any time of the year, but, in the fall, as flu begins to circulate more widely at the beginning of flu season, a flu shot is essential, especially for children and seniors. At Healthy Life Family Medicine in Goodyear, Arizona, our team, under...

Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know it? Sep 1st, 2021

When your body can’t handle sugar from your food and drink correctly, the condition is called diabetes. Most people who are diabetic have what is known as Type 2 diabetes, which usually shows up in adulthood and affects nearly 30 million Americans. Another 84 million have what is known as...

Is Arthritis the Only Cause of Joint Pain? Aug 11th, 2021

The Arthritis Foundation identifies more than 100 types of arthritis that affect the health and wellbeing of your joints. So, you might be safe in assuming it’s the cause of your aching joints. But what if it’s not? The team at Healthy Life Family Medicine provides the highest quality health...

Warning Signs of a Herniated Disc Jul 19th, 2021

Your spine has an amazingly important job to do. It provides structure, support, and flexibility to your body so you can bend and move freely. As you age, changes to your spine increase the risk for problems like a herniated disc, also called a slipped disc or bulging disc.  A...

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...