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Posted Mar 6th, 2012 by Laurie Marbas
You have a doctor’s appointment and you are dreading the long wait in the lobby and then possibly a longer wait in the exam room. You become nervous and frustrated before the appointment even starts. Then before you know the doctor has rushed in and out. You are left feeling confused and all of your questions were not answered. Sound familiar? Then take these simple steps to get the most out of your next appoi
Posted Mar 7th, 2012 by Laurie Marbas
How does your doctor decide to treat a certain disease? Many patients have never thought of this question, but one that deserves your consideration. Medicine is constantly changing with new research, medications, and recommendations and the medicine your doctor learned in medical school five, 10, 15 or more years ago has evolved. Because of the vast information that is available from thousands of sources your doct
Posted Mar 20th, 2012 by Laurie Marbas
If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with diabetes the medications prescribed can be overwhelming.  Many new diabetics think they will have to inject themselves with insulin from the beginning, but that is only always true with type 1 diabetics and occasionally with type 2. Type 2 diabetics can often be controlled with lifestyle modifications and oral medications.  
Studies have shown that immedi
Posted Mar 29th, 2012 by Laurie Marbas
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 35.7% of American adults are obese and in 2008 medical costs associated with obesity were $147 billion.  Obesity increases the risks of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke.  There are many reasons why we must fight the war against obesity.  Where do you begin when you need to lose weight?

First, speak to your doctor regarding your
Posted Apr 3rd, 2012 by Laurie Marbas


What is hypertension or high blood pressure?
Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure.  Blood pressure consists of two measurements, systolic and diastolic. Systolic blood pressure is when the heart is contracted, pushing blood into the arteries.  Diastolic blood pressure occurs when the heart is at rest, when blood is filling back into the heart preparing for the next beat.