Category: Preventive Care

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

Unused, expired, or lost medication? What to do

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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health trends
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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Disability: Lower your risk with these steps
Dec 6 2016

Disability: 4 steps to lower your risk as you age

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

As you age, your risk of becoming disabled because of a chronic health problem or an injury like a fall can increase. But studies have found that there are four proactive steps you can take at any age that can help decrease your risk of disability and improve your overall health, wellbeing, and longevity. Step... Read More

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Proactive steps for women with a family history of breast cancer
Oct 31 2016

Family history of breast cancer? 5 proactive steps for managing your risk

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need a more proactive strategy to manage your risk. With October being breast cancer awareness month, much of the focus in the media has been around steps that all women should take to lower their risk of breast cancer and how often they should... Read More

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lifestyle changes to lower cancer risk
Sep 27 2016

Can lifestyle changes lower your cancer risk?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

A number of recent studies suggest a possible link between the lifestyle choices you make and your cancer risk. While these choices don’t appear to affect your risk for all types of cancer, they may have a significant impact on your risk of developing and dying from several common cancers. While the studies are observational,... Read More

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Lower your risk of cognitive impairment
Aug 16 2016

Lifestyle changes may reduce your risk of cognitive impairment

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Cognitive impairment—problems with memory, focus, language, and the ability to multitask—affects millions of older people in the U.S. Many assume that these problems are a natural result of aging, but several studies have found that there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make that may lower your risk of cognitive impairment or slow... Read More

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