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4 Tips to Help Prevent a Gout Flare-Up Nov 7th, 2022

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in your joints. Gout is a unique and complex type of arthritis that affects over nine million people in the United States, with the numbers increasing around the world.  Gout is more common in older adults, men, and African Americans...

GLP-1 Receptor Agonists for Weight Loss Oct 11th, 2022

Weight gain can lead to a variety of health conditions, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome, as well as stressing your muscles and bones, which can cause pain and affect your mobility.  Since the pandemic there has been a 70% increase in weight gain, with 60% finding it increasingly...

5 Lifestyle Habits for Better Diabetes Blood Sugar Control Sep 11th, 2022

Food isn’t just important to keep you from starving, it’s a vital way to get the nutrients, proteins, and other substances that fuel cells, make hormones, regulate heartbeat, and build bones.  Carbohydrates (which you can get from fruits, vegetables, and dairy products), in particular, break down into glucose during digestion, which is...

Encouraging Facts About an Abnormal Pap Smear Aug 8th, 2022

Pelvic exams are a normal part of a woman’s life, and a Pap smear (or Pap test) is a common facet of that exam. Statistics from 2018 show that 66% of women over 18 have had at least one Pap smear within the past three years, and there were 14.3 million visits to medical...

5 Foods That Promote Strong, Healthy Bones Jul 12th, 2022

The human skeleton is a fascinating part of how our bodies work, as well as how we move and function. Babies are born with 300 bones that fuse and help to form the 206 bones we have as adults. There are actually two types of bones in your body. The cortical bones are the...

How Losing Weight Impacts Your Mental Health Jun 4th, 2022

Weight gain is a problem millions of Americans struggle to cope with, as being overweight and obese can lead to a variety of illnesses and complications.  Within the past two decades, research shows an increase in obesity from 30.5% to 41.9%, with severe obesity nearly doubling in that timeframe. With that sort of...

Who's at Risk for Gout? May 10th, 2022

Joint pain can happen for many reasons, but a common cause is arthritis, which is a type of inflammation and swelling that affects your joints. Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause intense pain and swelling in joints throughout your body, but more often than not affects your big toe.  If...

How You Can Get More B12 Apr 12th, 2022

You obtain the chemicals and compounds your body needs to live from a variety of sources, including the air you breathe, the ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight, and your dietary habits.  What you eat says a great deal about your health, especially as it relates to how your body processes...

Complications of High Blood Pressure Mar 24th, 2022

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is a condition that is often linked to cardiovascular problems, and, sadly, over 100 million Americans suffer from it.  In many cases, people don’t even realize they have high blood pressure. The combination of not knowing and continuing to make unhealthy dietary and...

How Do I Know if I'm at a Healthy Weight? Feb 14th, 2022

Your weight is important for your overall health, and with millions of people being overweight or obese, conditions related to weight problems become an even greater concern. Obesity is on the rise, affecting over 40% of adults in the United States, as well as nearly 20% of children and adolescents. ...

The Link Between Smoking and Cholesterol Jan 5th, 2022

Despite the fact that we’ve been aware of the dangers of smoking for decades, it’s estimated that 16 million people still live with smoking-related conditions. Additionally, nearly half a million people die from conditions caused by smoking annually, and smokers tend to die a decade sooner than those who don’t. ...

3 Health Issues Men Must Know About Dec 7th, 2021

In recent years health concerns have been a strong point of interest in the U.S., especially in light of issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. But for a variety of reasons, the life expectancy in the U.S. is actually going down, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The report...

Mental and Emotional Health Benefits of Losing Weight Nov 4th, 2021

With obesity on the rise in the United States, (40% are categorized as obese and 32% are overweight), it’s no wonder Americans have been struggling more to lose weight. It’s estimated that 45 million people in America go on a diet annually, spending about 33 billion dollars each year. And...

What To Expect During a Treadmill Stress Test Oct 5th, 2021

Your heart is one of the most important parts of your body, and heart disease is still among the deadliest conditions among Americans. Some form of cardiovascular disease makes up about 655,000 in the U.S. annually and affects people of every race and gender. Knowing how well your heart is...

How To Lower Your High Blood Pressure Sep 6th, 2021

The pressure of your blood when pushing against the walls of your arteries is known as your blood pressure, and it’s very important for your health to keep it under control. High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) left unchecked can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and...

How an Executive Physical Works Aug 5th, 2021

The annual physical is a staple of modern medicine, where once a year you get a check on your overall health and get screenings for possible diseases and other conditions. And if you’re working a high-stress job with seemingly never-ending demands on your time, you probably need the time for...

The Solution for Your Vitamin B12 Deficiency Jul 20th, 2021

Vitamins are organic compounds that are important to your health which are found in many of the foods we eat, and even in our natural environment. For instance, we get vitamin C from our diet, but the best source of vitamin D is actually sunlight. They provide our bodies with...

Why Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs Really Work Jun 17th, 2021

It’s estimated that 45 million people in the U.S. go on a diet each year, spending millions of dollars trying to lose weight. Weight problems affect nearly two-thirds of people in this country, and over the course of nearly a decade (1999-2018), obesity has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% in...

What Women Need To Know About Bone Loss May 4th, 2021

Your skeleton is the dense, rigid framework that supports your body’s movements. The bones in your skeleton connect to all the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other tissue that control your body’s movement. It also protects your vital organs, like the heart, lungs, and your brain. But as we get older,...

Foods To Avoid if You Have Gout Apr 1st, 2021

Gout is a form of arthritis that affects 8.1 million people, and most have multiple conditions that may complicate treating this inflammation of the joints. Most often it starts in the bunion joint of the big toe, and severe cases of this condition can affect multiple joints (called polyarticular gout)....

How To Prep for Your Stress Test Mar 4th, 2021

Heart disease kills one person every 36 seconds and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. About 18.2 million adults have coronary artery disease, which is the most common type of heart disease. Taking care of your heart is incredibly important, and getting a stress test is a...

Are You Prediabetic? Feb 3rd, 2021

As of 2018, 10.5% of the U.S. population (34.2 million people) are diabetic. Of that amount, 7.3 million are undiagnosed. This condition can lead to many different problems, including heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, and eye damage. However, 88 million people over 18 are prediabetic as of 2015. This...

What’s Good Cholesterol? Jan 1st, 2021

Cholesterol has a bit of a bad reputation. When mentioned, it's often met with concerns over coronary disease and other conditions. And while there are plenty of reasons to worry about bad cholesterol increasing the risks of conditions that harm your health, there is good cholesterol that actually helps your...

Next Steps After You Test Positive for an STD Dec 1st, 2020

Millions of people are still getting sexually transmitted diseases every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 20 million new cases annually, with about half of them coming from teens and young adults (15-24). Left undiagnosed, many STDs can lead to further complications like infertility and...

Immediate Health Benefits of Losing Your First 10 Pounds Nov 1st, 2020

The struggle to lose weight is real. According to a survey conducted by the CDC, 49.3% of people over 20 said they tried to lose weight in the past year. While many people would like to see significant weight loss, it’s important to know that losing just 10 pounds can significantly...

Understanding High Cholesterol Oct 1st, 2020

The statistics for heart disease-related deaths are staggering. Cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, etc.) is responsible for one in three deaths in the United States. Heart disease is the number one cause of death, and many cases of it are tied directly with high cholesterol. We need cholesterol...

What’s Included in a Female Executive Physical? Sep 15th, 2020

Physical Exams, or physicals, are an effective way to understand a woman’s current state of health. With it, patients can get information on possible diseases and conditions they may be at risk for. Regular physicals such as the annual physical recommended to most patients allow a yearly recording of health...

What Causes High Blood Pressure? Aug 13th, 2020

As recently as 2017, nearly 500,000 deaths in the United States were caused by issues related to hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. High blood pressure can also lead to various forms of heart disease and stroke. While more men than women deal with it, over 40% of both...

Internal Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 15th, 2020

Currently, the world is dealing with over 10 million cases of coronavirus, specifically the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.  Over three million cases are still active, so the need to stay safe and cautious is as present as ever. Not all COVID-19 cases are severe. But if someone has it,...

The Many Benefits of B-12 Jun 15th, 2020

Vitamins are an essential group of substances that help with cell function, growth, and development. There are 13 vitamins that are key to the body’s development. A deficiency of these essential vitamins can lead to many problems.  B vitamins, in particular, support cell growth, metabolism, and several tissues in the...

Who Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often May 20th, 2020

Between 2017 and 2018, there was an increase in three different types of sexually transmitted diseases. Over 115,000 syphilis cases, over half a million gonorrhea cases, and over a million chlamydia cases. The need for protection and testing is more important than ever.  But who should be getting tested more,...

Myths and Facts About Vaccinations Apr 21st, 2020

Vaccines stimulate the immune system to promote immunities to specific diseases. In 2018 alone, over 115 million children around the world were treated for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.  And while vaccines are a common practice to help fight off viruses and disease, there’s controversy about their effectiveness and side effects. This...

Understanding The 4 Stages of Gout Mar 9th, 2020

More than 8 million people in the United States deal with gout, an arthritic condition that can cause severe joint pain. At the University Executive Physical Program, Shawn Veiseh, MD, can diagnose and manage the complications of gout. In this blog, he explains the stages of gout and how it...

The Differences Between Good and Bad Cholesterol Feb 1st, 2020

High cholesterol has long been one of the leading health problems in the United States. Across the country, some 95 million adults have high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. But our bodies naturally produce cholesterol, and it’s found in many foods, including foods that fit into...

Lifestyle Modifications to Improve Your Diabetes Jan 1st, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 84.1 million have been diagnosed with prediabetes. If you’re one of them, it’s important that you’re equipped with strategies and lifestyle modifications to manage your diabetes along with clinical treatment.  Dr....

Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions Dec 1st, 2019

Being able to fit into your favorite outfit isn’t the only benefit of losing weight. The most important benefit is improving your health. Unfortunately, many people are overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 72% of American adults over age 20 are overweight. Being overweight can...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Nov 1st, 2019

Regular checkups with your doctor can help keep you healthy and prevent you from developing many conditions and diseases. In addition, medical monitoring ensures that any problems you do have can be diagnosed and treated at an early stage. For women, regular checkups that include a Pap smear can prevent...

5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Osteoporosis Oct 1st, 2019

Osteoporosis, a progressive condition marked by brittle bones, affects an estimated 200 million people, including one in three women over age 50 worldwide. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent osteoporosis from worsening and guard against fractures. Thankfully, you can also take lifestyle steps to lower your...

What’s an Executive Physical? Sep 1st, 2019

There are two reasons to consider an executive physical. If you own a company, you may want all executives to have an extensive, thorough physical in order to protect your investment in them. Or, if you’re an executive, you may want to handle as much of your health care as...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Aug 2nd, 2019

Two of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States, obesity and diabetes, affect more than 100 million Americans combined. Researchers have discovered that the two conditions are interrelated, and reducing your risk of one can reduce your risk of the other.  Dr. Shawn Veiseh of University Executive Physical...

Here’s What Stress Does To Your Blood Pressure Jul 10th, 2019

For most people in today’s world, stress isn’t unique. It may begin with a late start to your morning, and traffic can add to your stress as you play beat the clock. As other annoyances build throughout your day, one more inconvenience, or one more person demanding your time, you...

Top 5 Reasons Why High Cholesterol Shouldn’t Be Ignored Jun 21st, 2019

If you suspect you have high cholesterol, you should get it checked. And if you know you have high cholesterol, you should stay on top of your numbers and do all you can to lower your cholesterol. Cholesterol is necessary to keep your body healthy. It’s a yellow, waxy substance...

The Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes May 13th, 2019

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States, but 1 in 4 of those adults don’t know they have the disease. So what are the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?  In this blog, Shawn Veiseh, MD, of University...

How to Prepare for a Full Body CT Scan and What to Expect Apr 11th, 2019

What exactly is a full body CT scan? Full body CT scans, generally performed at a hospital or a specialty outpatient facility, are thorough diagnostic procedures used to detect a wide range of health issues, using computer tomography (CT) to provide an in-depth look at your body. A CT scanner...

What Bone Density Tests Can Help Women Discover Early On Mar 14th, 2019

There are several different types of tests that are classified as bone density tests. Their purpose is to measure the strength of your bones and to show whether you’re experiencing bone loss over time. Bone loss can lead to osteoporosis, which is a disorder that causes your bones to become...