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Men’s Health Screening Checklist for Every Age

Men’s Health Screening Checklist for Every Age

If you’re a man who avoids or dreads going to the doctor, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study found that men, in particular, may have a more negative attitude toward going to the doctor regularly than women do. The study revealed that nearly two-thirds of male respondents said that they avoid going to the doctor for as long as possible. In addition, 72% of male respondents said that they would rather do household chores than go to the doctor. Whether it is out of fear, inconvenience or perceived costs of visiting the doctor, the consequences of skipping out on recommended healthcare screenings and check-ups is dire.

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The Best Heart Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

The Best Heart Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

Heart disease is one of the most common diseases in men and women and causes 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. The term heart disease refers to any disorder or deformity of the heart, including congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and heart failure. While heart disease has often been perceived as an older person’s health condition, it has been occurring more frequently in younger populations, ages 35-64, making it all the more critical to be proactive about heart health.

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How to Treat the Flu at Home and When to See the Doctor

Data from the past 30 years shows that US influenza cases typically peak in February, so the worst may be yet to come. While it’s not too late to get the flu immunization from your local primary care physician (PCP), you need to know which steps to take if you do end up with the flu this season. We’re here to help with advice on recognizing a case of the flu, how to treat the flu at home and when it’s time to visit your PCP for medical treatment.

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Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals in 2020

Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals in 2020

A new decade is here, and a traditional part of celebrating the New Year is setting resolutions focused on becoming a healthier version of yourself and often, weight loss is the target of many resolution setters. With the health risks associated with carrying extra weight and obesity a major health concern in our nation, shedding extra weight can be a positive goal if it’s something you and your doctor have previously discussed. To achieve success with your efforts, the first step is to make sure that you are setting realistic weight loss goals, otherwise you are potentially setting up yourself for disappointment and potentially added health risks. Here is some useful information on setting and reaching realistic weight loss goals in 2020.

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Tis the Season: What to do About Dry Skin in Winter Months

Tis the Season: What to do About Dry Skin in Winter Months

Our intense winters bring frigid temperatures and often times undesirable dry skin. Next to other common winter ailments, like the cold and flu, dry skin may seem like a minor annoyance or simply an aesthetic problem. However, there are potentially significant consequences from chronic or severe dry skin.

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Joint Pain When Cold Weather Arrives in Connecticut

Joint Pain When Cold Weather Arrives in Connecticut

There is no question that New England winters, and Connecticut’s holiday season in particular, can be brutally cold. The average low temperature during our winters is well below the freezing point, hovering around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. While all this cold can make for some picturesque snowscapes, it also brings many hassles, including achy and painful joints.

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The Importance of Knowing the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

The Importance of Knowing the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a widespread health issue, and it’s likely that you know or have known someone, or a family, who has lived with this diagnosis. Unfortunately, several misconceptions about Alzheimer’s abound. One of the largest misconceptions is that Alzheimer’s is untreatable. In fact, the disease is often treatable with a combination of strategies, but good treatment outcomes are largely dependent on early and accurate diagnosis.

We’ll examine the facts about Alzheimer’s disease below, including what Alzheimer’s is and is not. We will also lay out the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s so that you can be aware of possible symptoms in yourself or a loved one.

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How You Can Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

How You Can Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

The numbers show just how widespread the diabetes problem is becoming in the United States. Figures from the American Diabetes Association illustrate that about 10% of all Americans are diabetic. This percentage is even higher among seniors, with one-quarter of all Americans age 65 and older qualifying as diabetic. There is good news, though. In many cases, diabetes is a preventable condition. We’ll take a look at two different types of diabetes mellitus in this article, the risk of diabetes developing, and what you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming diabetic.

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Talking to Your Teen about Vaping: Vaping vs. Smoking Facts

Talking to Your Teen about Vaping: Vaping vs. Smoking Facts

Since electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or vaping, were first introduced in the United States several years ago, doctors have suspected that using these devices could lead to chronic health problems. In recent months, those suspicions have been tragically confirmed beyond anyone’s worst predictions with the deaths of over 30 people directly related to vaping. Stopping vaping, especially among teens, has taken on a new urgency, and it is crucial that you talk to your teen about the dangers of vaping.

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Breast Cancer Early Detection Facts and How Your Primary Care Physician Can Help

Breast Cancer Early Detection Facts and How Your Primary Care Physician Can Help

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this serious disease requires attention all year round as breast cancer is a very common type of cancer among adult women. The statistics reflect just how ubiquitous this disease is in the United States. Over one-quarter of a million American women receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Additionally, more than 40,000 women succumb to breast cancer in the US annually. And while you cannot completely eliminate your risk of breast cancer, there are effective steps you can take with the support of your primary care physician (PCP) to increase the likelihood of early detection.

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