We all go through periods of stress or moments of heightened anxiety. Although stress often feels like it’s all in your head, what you might not realize is that stress can have a very tangible — and sometimes long-term — effect on your body. Stress impacts all parts of the body, including the cardiovascular system, … Continue reading The science behind why stress can wreak havoc on your stomach
Once upon a time, many centuries ago, stress, anxiety and worry served a greater purpose for mankind. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors used these feelings to survive. If they didn’t worry about where food or shelter was coming from, they would starve to death or be stranded in the elements. Today, the problem is that this anxiety … Continue reading Exercises that can boost your mental health
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, you know how important numbers are. Your health comes down to just a few numbers that reveal how well your diabetes management plan is working and how healthy your body is functioning. But remembering what these different numbers mean, and what qualifies as a … Continue reading The 3 most important numbers for diabetics to watch
It’s only thanks to Siri and a leather belt that I’m able to tell this story today. What started out as a day of simple yard work quickly turned into a life-or-death situation. In mid-October 2017, I decided it was time to cut down an old mulberry tree in my backyard. Not in the mood … Continue reading Stop the Bleed: Knowledge that saved my life during severe injury
Springtime is marked by blooming flowers and hours of sunshine which, unfortunately for some, means runny noses and watery eyes. Seasonal allergies occur from pollen in the air, which is in full force this time of year. Allergic reactions result when your body has an exaggerated response to a substance and attacks it as though … Continue reading Are allergy seasons getting worse year after year?
There’s one part of your body you likely don’t think about often, even though you use it every day — your voice. As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. It’s easy to take our vocal cords for granted, but if you’ve ever “lost your voice,” you know how difficult … Continue reading 7 ways to take better care of your voice
Have you ever wondered: “Should I see my doctor for this?” You are not alone if you have ever asked yourself that question. Sometimes it can be confusing to know when to call your doctor. Of course, you should see your primary care physician yearly for your annual check-up, but in between those visits, you may … Continue reading 7 symptoms signaling you need to go to the doctor
Fatigue, cramping and mood swings. Could it be Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or a sign of pregnancy? For a woman attempting to conceive, there are certain symptoms that mimic early pregnancy, especially if you struggle with PMS. As an OB/GYN, I’m here to help differentiate between the symptoms of PMS and early pregnancy and guide you … Continue reading Am I pregnant or is it PMS?
As a primary care physician, I get asked at least twice each week what I think about the ketogenic diet — does it really work? The short answer is yes, it works for some. The long answer is more complicated. Keep in mind, if you have any medical problems, especially chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high … Continue reading How to know if the keto diet is right for you