Wellness

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

  • older couple exercising in gym

Many of us associate strength training with weight lifting muscle builders working on their six-packs. This stereotype, however, ignores the overall health benefits of strength training. When done over a long period of time, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease […]

Avoiding Athlete’s Foot

The itchy red rash or dry, scaling skin of Athlete’s foot isn’t serious by itself, but it can certainly be annoying, especially if it comes back again and again. In some cases, it can also lead to a more serious bacterial infection.   Like many healthcare issues, it’s easier to prevent athlete’s foot than it is to get […]

Mammogram news: What is breast density and why does it matter?   

  • Woman sitting talking to doctor

It’s easy to get alarmed when our mammogram report contains information we don’t understand. One term that appears on a lot of mammograms is the phrase “dense breasts”. What does this mean? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  In order to understand what a “dense breast” is, it helps to […]

Vacations and Dieting – Is there room for compromise? 

  • Restaurant worker serving salads

Vacations and diets never seem to mix well, and with good reason. Who would want to miss out on the cinnamon rolls in Shipshewana? Or the funnel cakes at the state fair? Would Chicago be the same without the pizza?   Even when travel food isn’t part of the destination, it can still be a big part of […]

CT Scan vs MRI – What’s the Difference?  

  • Woman and CT Scan

If you’ve ever had a CT scan or MRI done, it’s easy to realize that these two tests are very different from the patient’s point of view. An MRI is done with a machine that makes a lot of noise (Patients are typically offered ear protection and music). An MRI takes 25 to 40 minutes […]

The Benefits of Stretching

  • Man stretching on the ground before a run

If your idea of stretching is to stretch out a muscle and then hold it in position for 30– to 40 seconds, you are not alone. ‘Static stretching”, as this is known, is the most commonly recognized form of stretching. In recent years, however, “dynamic stretching”, or stretching combined with movement, has begun to replace static […]

Medication Safety  

  • Older man taking prescription at home

When taking a medication, if you miss one dose, don’t double up on the next one. In some cases, more can be worse than not enough.  If you don’t take all of a prescription, don’t save the rest for “later”. This can cause all sorts of negative consequences that only your healthcare […]

Why Men Need More Calories

Our weight isn’t the only thing that matters when calculating how many calories we need in a day. Body composition also matters. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when we’re not moving. Someone with a higher percentage of muscle is going to need more calories than someone of equal […]

10 Tips to Help You Age Healthy

  • Older couple doing yoga outside

Healthy aging, like having enough money to retire, is largely dependent on choices you make long before old age actually arrives. Here are 10 tips that will help you look forward to a healthy old age.  Know your family history and share it with your primary care provider. If your genetics put you at higher risk for particular health […]

Primary Care Providers Help Patients Maintain Wellness 

  • Doctor taking patients blood pressure

While it’s easy to get tired of the “same old” advice to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, these wellness basics are much easier to live with than a series of escalating healthcare issues resulting from years of neglect. Obesity, inactivity and a lack of sleep put the body under continual stress, leading to pain, decreased function and, in many […]