Chronic Diseases

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month

  • Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

While researchers have spent many years looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, they still have not found one. As the search for a cure has continued, some researchers have chosen to look for changes people can make earlier in life to decrease their likelihood of getting these diseases […]

Pre-Diabetes is a Serious Illness

What is Pre-Diabetes? Pre-diabetes is a serious condition in which a patient has a blood sugar that is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diabetes. Pre-diabetes shows that a person is at a much higher risk of developing diabetes, a chronic and potentially fatal disease. It is […]

Nature’s WD-40 – Cartilage and Osteoarthritis

  • Woman with joint pain in her knee

There is an old saying “If it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.” If you want to understand osteoarthritis, think of cartilage as nature’s WD-40.   When your bones move against one another at your joints, cartilage works like lubrication. […]

Second-hand smoke can become a serious source of conflict

  • Tree shaped like lungs

Are you a smoker living with a non-smoker? If so, the issue of second-hand smoke can become a serious source of conflict. Here are a few facts to keep in mind:  According to the CDC, as many as 7000 cases a year of deaths related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are caused by second-hand smoke.   3400 adult […]

Protect Your Blood Pressure, Protect Your Brain 

  • Man getting blood pressure taken

Most people know that high blood pressure is bad for the heart, but many people don’t realize that it is also bad for the brain. High blood pressure can cause the blood vessels in the brain to become narrow or damaged. When this happens, the brain may not get enough blood to stay healthy. Brain cells may […]

Diabetics Need to Take Extra Precautions to Care for Their Feet

One of the symptoms of diabetes is nerve damage and a loss of circulation in the feet. This can cause: A loss of feeling in the feet A loss of the ability for foot wounds to heal  When someone can’t feel their feet, the risk of injury is much greater. It’s possible to step […]

Understanding Fibromyalgia 

Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood and life-altering illness that can be difficult to treat. One of the biggest obstacles for the affected patients is that they do not “look sick” and most diagnostic studies (including imaging or laboratory values) would be normal. From outward appearances, they look perfectly fine. Nothing could be further […]

Avoiding Healthcare Isn’t Healthy

According to a survey recently conducted by the US Census, 40% of Americans and 38.9% of Hoosiers are delaying medical care. This is bad news for primary care, which focuses on helping manage chronic diseases and prevent illnesses through vaccinations, screenings and other preventative care measures.  If left untreated, chronic […]