What Can We Do to Prevent Stroke?

I wasn’t a traditional fan of the show.  Growing up, we didn’t even have FOX as part of our TV offerings in New England, ND.  When FOX became available to us, it wasn’t until the mid to late 90’s. That’s when the zip code 90210 became relevant in my life. My high school buddies would probably deny it now, but we were all fans. We watched reruns on summer afternoons, when it was still acceptable… Read More

Word from the CEO: Know Your LDL Levels

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women? 1 in 4 Americans die from heart disease each year. What if my cholesterol is normal? Routine cholesterol levels are commonly used to estimate the number of lipoprotein particles (bad cholesterol particles). Your routine cholesterol tests may appear normal but could actually be dangerously high when performing an advanced lipoprotein particle test (LDL-P). This conflict between a routine cholesterol… Read More

Don’t Just Guess!

For many of us, including myself, the new year brings renewed focus to exercise more, eat a healthier diet and get more sleep. How do you know if all that hard work is paying off? Up until now, the bathroom scale has been a way to measure if all that hard work is paying off. SpecialtyHealth is offering a new test to help you monitor your success. The GlycA is a blood test used to… Read More

Exercise and Inflammation: What You Need to Know

Inflammation has been a hot button topic in the health/wellness/fitness world lately, and I’ve had questions about it both professionally and personally. Inflammation to me is a broad term that can be both okay and problematic. I wanted to touch on when exercise caused inflammation is okay and is part of the body’s natural healing process and when it is problematic and should be addressed. First, I think we should talk about the difference between… Read More

Are Sugar Substitutes OK?

Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in many foods and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet.” But what exactly are all these sweeteners and how do they affect your body? The truth is, zero-calorie sweeteners aren’t the best choice. They are processed, synthetic, and contain fillers. Additionally, they can cause digestive issues and negatively affect your gut biome. And, believe it or not, consumption of artificial sweeteners has been linked to weight gain…. Read More

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