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Pinterest Pin ItIs My Child at Risk for Heart Disease?

Is My Child at Risk for Heart Disease?

Posted on 02/23/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Taking steps to prevent cardiovascular disease — at any age — is important since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But did you know that even children can have certain risk factors present that greatly increase the likelihood they will develop heart disease as an adult?

February is American Heart Month; a good time to remember that caring for our hearts is one of the most important things we can do for our health. One of the biggest risk factors contributing to heart disease is obesity, even in children and teenagers. Youths who are overweight, sedentary, lack proper nutrition or who are diabetic are at an increased risk of developing heart disease later in life.


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Pinterest Pin ItHelping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Helping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Posted on 02/01/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Nearly one baby out of every 33 U.S. births arrives in this world with a birth defect. Birth defects can impact almost any body part, affect how a body part looks and/or functions, and can affect your baby’s life span. In fact, birth defects account for 20 percent of all infant deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although not all birth defects can be prevented, you can increase the chances of having a healthy baby by planning ahead and adopting certain habits during the nine months you carry your child. We spoke with San Francisco obstetrician Tirun Gopal, M.D., of California Pacific Medical Center, to learn more about what you can do to prevent birth defects and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.


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Pinterest Pin ItGallstones, Heartburn — Unwanted Holiday Visitors

Gallstones, Heartburn — Unwanted Holiday Visitors

Posted on 11/24/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and indulgent foods, when sweet treats, fried goodies and alcoholic drinks reign supreme. Many of us look forward to our traditional piece of turkey and pie on Thanksgiving, followed soon after by creamy eggnog and Christmas cookies. The problem is those rich holidays foods can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, making us feel sluggish, constipated and in some cases very sick.

In fact, there’s anecdotal evidence from doctors and surgeons that emergency rooms often see a spike on Thanksgiving of people needing their gallbladders removed. Vinod Kurupath, M.D., a gastroenterologist with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, says a typical holiday feast can precipitate a gallbladder attack in people with gallstones.


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Pinterest Pin ItUnderstanding Heartburn: What You Should Know About GERD

Understanding Heartburn: What You Should Know About GERD

Posted on 11/23/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

It’s a bit ironic — or perhaps extremely well timed — that an awareness week devoted to understanding severe heartburn coincides with the nation’s Thanksgiving festivities. After all, how many times have you eaten a hefty meal of turkey, buttery mashed potatoes and pie a la mode only to experience a horrible burning sensation in your chest a few hours later?

You’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 20 percent of the nation’s population has gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. This condition is characterized by chronic heartburn caused by stomach acids flowing back up into your esophagus. Medical experts encourage people who frequently experience these symptoms to talk to their doctors, as GERD is not only painful, but can be doing damage to your body.


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Pinterest Pin ItThe Party’s Over?

The Party’s Over?

Posted on 11/19/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Just days before Halloween, foodies got bad news that was neither a trick nor a treat.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified eating red meat – beef, veal, pork, lamb – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This new classification puts steak and pork chops in Group 2A, the same group as inorganic lead compounds and malaria.


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