Healthy Living:  Diet Journals

Healthy Living: Diet Journals

Dieters who use diet journals and track their food intake typically lose the more weight and maintain a healthy weight for a longer time period than those who don’t. Typically, dieting and maintaining a food journal is not always easy. Although packaged foods are easy to read and list, diet journals become more difficult to…

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Healthy Living:  Sclerotherapy

Healthy Living: Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure performed by a vascular surgeon to treat spider veins and varicose veins. A vascular surgeon performing sclerotherapy utilizes a small needle to inject a salt solution into the visibly affected veins. After the solution is injected, the treated veins turn into scar tissue, which make the affected veins less visible. During…

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Healthy Living:  Diabetic Foot Care

Healthy Living: Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetics are at higher risk of developing foot complications due to prolonged periods of high blood sugar, which can come in the form of diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease. For healthy feet, follow the 10 foot-health tips below. Examine your feet daily for any changes or injuries. Wash your feet daily to keep them…

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Healthy Living:  Common Exercise Errors

Healthy Living: Common Exercise Errors

Exercise is vital to living a long and healthy life, but several exercise errors can stymie progress. To create an effective workout regimen, avoid the seven exercise errors listed below. Avoid not keeping a workout journal/log. Keeping a workout journal tracks progress and the correct time to move to a more difficult workout level. Also,…

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Healthy Living:  Stair Walking

Healthy Living: Stair Walking

A University of Georgia study recommends stair walking as a substitute for caffeine. After an insufficient amount of sleep, people typically turn to caffeinated beverages, but a study suggests that a 10-minute walk up and down the stairs might be more beneficial. The study used participants who consistently received less than 6.5 hours of sleep…

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Healthy Living:  Allergy Prevention

Healthy Living: Allergy Prevention

Spring has sprung, which means allergy season is upon us. Millions of people struggle with seasonal allergies every year due to excess amounts of pollen and mold in the air. To minimize allergy symptoms: Close windows during the night to prevent pollen or mold from drifting into your home Close car windows when traveling Try…

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Healthy Living:  Overactive Bladder Symptoms

Healthy Living: Overactive Bladder Symptoms

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that affects 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. The chance of developing this condition typically increases with age. Common OAB symptoms include: A consistent urge to urinate or the inability to control urination Urinating more than eight times daily An uncontrollable urge to urinate spontaneously, especially…

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Healthy Living:  Lupus Signs and Symptoms

Healthy Living: Lupus Signs and Symptoms

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks the body’s tissues and organs. The disease typically affects joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, the brain, heart, and lungs. Although no two lupus cases are alike, common signs and symptoms include: Fatigue and fever Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling A butterfly-shaped facial rash covering the cheeks and…

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Healthy Living:  Peripheral Arterial Disease

Healthy Living: Peripheral Arterial Disease

IRMC Physician Group is offering FREE Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Screenings for those who may be at risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). PAD is a condition that causes the body’s veins to harden, which can clog arteries supplying the legs with blood. The condition affects approximately 8 million Americans every year and causes pain, disability,…

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Healthy Living:  CPR Facts/Advantages

Healthy Living: CPR Facts/Advantages

Earn an updated CPR certification at IRMC Physician Group! Did you know… CPR certification is mandatory for MAs, LPNs, and other medical professionals. CPR certifications need renewed every two years. Only 6.4 percent of cardiac arrest victims survive because witnesses do not know how to perform CPR. More than 200,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest…

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Healthy Living:  Shoveling Safety

Healthy Living: Shoveling Safety

In Western Pennsylvania, shoveling snow is sometimes a strenuous task during the winter months. Although shoveling can be a good workout, it can also cause unnecessary strain on the heart, spine, circulatory system, and other muscles. Shoveling fresh, powdery snow after a snowfall is more favorable because it weighs less and doesn’t cause as much muscle…

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