Category: Preventive Care

doctor's visit
Apr 14 2020

How to get the most out of your doctor’s visit

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Your annual doctor’s visit and checkup is a good opportunity to be an active partner in your care. Rather than simply sitting through your weigh-in, blood pressure check, and flu shot, now is the time to be proactive and ask your doctor key questions that can help you build a health and wellness strategy. If... Read More

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weight
Dec 10 2019

Tips to help you manage your weight during the holidays

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Sugar cookies and eggnog, latkes and sufganiyot, pumpkin pie and candied yams. At home, at work, at parties—everywhere you look this time of year, there are tempting treats. All too often, holiday indulgences lead to weight gain, New Year’s regrets, and diet resolutions. While some Americans put on between five and seven pounds during the... Read More

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retail clinics
Dec 3 2019

What are the pros and cons of retail clinics?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Your cough hasn’t gotten better in two weeks, but your doctor’s office doesn’t have same day appointments. Or maybe you’re out of town visiting relatives when your one-year-old starts showing the signs of another ear infection. For many people, the next move would be to seek care at a retail clinic in a pharmacy, grocery... Read More

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effective weight loss
Aug 13 2019

Ask these questions when looking for a safe and effective weight loss plan

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re overweight, losing even a relatively small amount of weight has many health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer to decreasing joint and back pain. Diets that promise fast weight loss may be tempting, but they’re often not safe or evidence-based and don’t... Read More

screenings
Jul 16 2019

Are you getting the screenings you need?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Do you know which health screenings you should get and when and how often to get screened? Screenings are an essential part of a strong preventive care strategy and can help you detect a wide range of health problems as early as possible. The first step is to talk with your primary care physician. While... Read More

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exercise
Jul 9 2019

Exercise is important for more than managing your weight

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

One of the top pieces of advice that nutrition and exercise experts share is that regular exercise is an essential part of any plan to lose weight and keep the weight off. But even if you’re already at a healthy weight, getting exercise regularly is important for your overall health and wellbeing. One study published... Read More

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medication safety tips
Sep 11 2018

What to do about unused, expired, or lost medication

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Your recovery after surgery went better than expected, so you have leftover prescription pain medication. Your bottle of anti-allergy eye drops is a year past its due date. You’re on the plane when you suddenly realize you forgot your blood pressure medication. Scenarios like these happen every day. But you may not know what to... Read More

menopause
Jun 19 2018

Treatments that can help you manage the symptoms of menopause

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

During perimenopause (the period of time that leads up to menopause) and menopause (when a woman has not had a menstrual period for more than a year), the ovaries try to maintain normal levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. This effort, however, actually causes fluctuations in hormone levels. And those fluctuations are the cause... Read More

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prediabetes
Jun 6 2017

What you should know about popular health trends

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

It seems like every few weeks, there’s media coverage of new health trends that promise to help you lose weight, lower your risk of health problems, or increase your longevity. What the articles and celebrity physician interviews often don’t include is reliable scientific evidence to support these promises. In some cases, the news is based... Read More

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Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Jan 17 2017

Half of family doctors don’t follow prediabetes screening guidelines. Does yours?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The number of people with prediabetes has grown to 86 million in the U.S. That means 1 in 3 adults has blood sugar that’s higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Of that 86 million, 9 out of 10 are not aware they have the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes... Read More

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