Understanding Migraines

We all get headaches occasionally, that widely vary in severity. A migraine is a certain type of headache that cannot be treated by the use of basic pain relievers because of its intensity. Migraines are Read More

Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Affect Digestion?

How One of the Largest Selling Drug Classes Disrupts the Microbiome and Impacts Liver Function Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States with nearly 10% of the Read More

Does the Ketogenic Diet Fight Diabetes

The Ketogenic diet has empowered patients to successfully manage and eventually eliminate their diabetes diagnosis. Although standard treatment helps people avoid dangerous blood glucose levels, most hover at numbers that do not arrest progression of Read More

Holistic Approaches to Treating Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune Diseases are chronic health conditions in which the body’s own defenses (immunity) mistakenly attack various bodily organs and systems. It’s unfortunate, however, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, and celiac disease are plaguing Read More

Alzheimer’s disease related to Genetic factors

Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of dementia, comprising around 60–80% of all dementia cases. Genetics has played a critical role in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Genetic changes lie Read More

Tests to Help Predict Heart Disease

Combined, results from the five tests — an EKG, a limited CT scan, and three blood tests — better predict who will develop heart disease compared with standard strategies that focus on blood pressure, cholesterol, Read More

Diabetic Retinopathy: 5 Tips to Lower Your Risk

Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form of diabetes-related eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. It’s also preventable. If you have diabetes, talk with your primary care doctor about controlling your Read More

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Our condition spotlight section focuses on health issues that generally last longer than one year. Often referred to as chronic diseases they require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs.

Many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:

Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Poor nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats.
Lack of physical activity.
Excessive alcohol use.

By making healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of getting a chronic disease and improve your quality of life.