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Understanding and Managing Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and a time to bring attention to the management of the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. In adults, type 1 diabetes accounts for approximately 5% of all diagnosed cases while type 2 diabetes accounts for 95%. In type 1 diabetes, the …

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Don’t Let Fall Allergies Get You Down

A touch of fall is finally in the air (or at least around the corner), and the thought of spending more time in the cool autumn temps is very appealing. But with fall often comes the itchy eyes and skin, sneezing and nasal congestion of seasonal allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma …

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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Did you know that about 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States are obese? September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines childhood obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) at …

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Understanding Cholesterol

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? It’s a perfect reminder to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. According to the CDC, more than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above …

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Heat Exhaustion: How Hot is Too Hot?

Heat exhaustion is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to regulate its internal temperature and becomes dehydrated.  The causes and symptoms are very recognizable and luckily, preventable. Causes of Heat Exhaustion: Physical exertion in warm, high- humidity weather Dehydration Alcohol use, drug use, or smoking Certain medications and illnesses can increase risk …

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Poison Ivy: Signs, Symptoms and Precautions

Here’s How to Recognize Signs of Poison Ivy Poison ivy is the most common allergy in the United States, affecting about 50 million people every year. The rash from poison ivy is caused by an allergic reaction to urushiol, an oily substance in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, through direct contact. Urushiol …

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