Health is a Way of Life
We live in a goal-oriented society. Most of us imagine a healthier version of ourselves and make plans to achieve it, with mixed success and satisfaction. Instead, let's look at health as a process, informed by knowledge, which we practice a little bit every day.
How to Manage or Prevent Gallstones Through Diet and Nutrition
Gallstones, while generally harmless, can lead to painful and even dangerous complications if left untreated. According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), about 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population experiences gallstone disease, with almost a million new cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. With such a significant percentage of people likely to experience a gallstone in their lives, it's critical to parse out how and why these stones form and how best to prevent their formation.
A Guide to Your Stress Test: How to Prepare and What to Expect
If your doctor wants you to undergo a stress test, you may be wondering what to expect. Also called an exercise test or treadmill test, it gauges how your heart responds when working its hardest. It's an important test for cardiologists to get a measure of your heart health. The stress test can help your doctor determine if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or if certain symptoms — such as difficulty breathing — are related to a heart condition.
Chronic Diarrhea: How Often Is Too Often?
Chronic diarrhea may be an unpleasant experience and topic of discussion, but the condition is fairly common. It affects 5 percent of the U.S. population at any given time, according to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Diarrhea isn't always symptomatic of a serious condition, but diarrhea that lasts too long can be more harmful and may lead your doctor to diagnose other health problems.
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Internal Medicine vs. Family Medicine: Knowing the Difference
There are a good number of medical specialties, ranging from physicians who specialize in mental health to those who focus on research or perform surgery. Depending on your situation, the type of doctors you see can vary significantly throughout your life, and it's not unusual to only see a specialist once or twice before your health issue is resolved or cured.
Pain Management 101: What You Need to Know
Almost everyone has experienced pain in some form, such as a headache or stubbed toe. There are many different types of pain and many ways to treat them, but it may be difficult to know which treatments to try or how to keep the pain at bay. Fortunately, pain management can offer relief.