Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime with approximately 9,500 people diagnosed every day.  What causes skin cancer? The greatest risk factor for development of skin cancer is exposure to UV light, of which there are two types; UVA and UVB. UVA rays, which can pass through glass, leads to premature aging of the skin. More importantly, UVA suppress

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Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

With the new year many of us are refocusing on our health and how to develop, improve, or maintain a healthy life style. A number of patients have asked about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). A large amount of information is available (a Google search yields 25,600,000 results) so I felt it would be a good topic to discuss and summarize in this newsletter. Before getting into the specifics of HIIT, below is a review of current recommendations on physical

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Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Most people know that physical activity is important in obtaining optimal cardiovascular health. It also may not be surprising that a majority of Americans do not get the minimum recommended 75 vigorous-intensity minutes or 150 moderate intensity minutes per week of aerobic activity. Nor do they engage at least twice a week in muscle strengthening activities for major muscle groups.(1) Studies have shown that an active life style can reduce cardiovascular disease by as much as 39% and stroke by

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of the estimated 5.4 million Americans that have the disease, 5.2 million people are over age 65. One in 7 over age 71 have some form of dementia. There are no effective treatments for dementia, but several studies over the past years have shown promise in delay of onset and prevention including: Preventing and treating diseases that damage the vascular system and thus the brain: hypertension, heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and high cholesterol Cognitive

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The Mediterranean Diet and Your Health

Studies have shown that risk of heart disease is lower for populations living around the Mediterranean Sea. This risk reduction has been found to be linked to the foods consumed by those living in the area. Diet in this area, aptly named the Mediterranean diet, consists of a higher intake of fish, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil (as the primary fat source) and a lower intake of dairy products, meat and poultry. Get detailed food choices and

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