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5 Ways (and Why) to Eat More Fiber Jun 1st, 2022

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the human body can’t digest, yet it has many uses, namely preventing blood sugar spikes and adding bulk to stools. High-fiber foods can also be very filling, all while having fewer calories. And because high-fiber foods take longer to digest, your body burns...

What a Pap Smear Tells Us About Your Health May 1st, 2022

Pap smears aren’t done to detect STDs or STIs. Instead, they’re used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix — specifically, cells that could become cancerous.  When found early, cervical cancer is highly treatable, so pap smears are an excellent tool for increasing cancer survival rates. In addition to catching cancer early,...

Best Foods to Control Blood Pressure Apr 1st, 2022

Hypertension occurs due to a variety of factors, but dietary choices and overall lifestyle play a role. When left untreated, elevated blood pressure can raise your risk for blood clots and heart attacks.  Blood pressure increases when arteries are narrowed. Blood needs more force to move through a narrower space,...

Everything You Never Knew About Botox Mar 13th, 2022

Botox®️ is a brand name for Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin blocks the nerve signals between the area where the substance is injected and the brain, causing muscles to relax. When used in small quantities, this toxin can prove to be useful and safe for many conditions and cosmetic concerns.  Botox was...

What to Do When It's the Flu Feb 8th, 2022

Each year, up to 20% of Americans get the flu. In fact, the respiratory virus is the reason for more than 30 million doctor visits annually. It’s a highly infectious disease that’s easy to spread from person to person via sneezing and coughing, especially in the first few days of...

Exercise and Diet Changes: You Need Both to Lose Weight Jan 26th, 2022

Have you ever wondered if you can lose weight by making changes to your diet alone or simply taking a long walk every day?  You can if you’re causing a caloric deficit either through exercise or a healthy diet. However, it’s far healthier and more effective to incorporate both strategies...

The Best Exercises for Managing Diabetes Nov 9th, 2021

Diabetes is a chronic, incurable condition that affects glucose metabolism. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t properly use the sugar extracted from food.  This can occur either due to damage to the beta cells in the pancreas (type 1 diabetes) or as a consequence of developing insulin resistance over...

Can My Diet Actually Slow the Aging Process? Oct 10th, 2021

Although aging is inevitable, we all know at least one person who looks a lot better than their same-aged peers. As a result, we may ask ourselves, “Is it due to their lifestyle or sheer luck?” Genetics play a role in the way we age, but this role is often...

What to Expect During a Pediatric Sports Physical Sep 8th, 2021

Playing sports comes with a number of benefits, including improved social skills, a reduced risk for obesity, and increased self-esteem.  However, some sports are more demanding than others. As a consequence, you may be asked to bring papers to demonstrate that your child is capable of participating in a certain...

The Effects Of Menopause On Your Mental Health Aug 9th, 2021

There’s no clear link between lower levels of estrogen and progesterone in menopausal women and serious mood swings and depression. However, if you have experienced depression in the past, hormone fluctuations may make you more susceptible to a depressive episode. In addition, certain symptoms associated with menopause may make your...

Does Having High Blood Pressure Mean I'm Stressed? Jul 12th, 2021

Nearly half of American adults suffer from hypertension. However, are that many Americans suffering from chronic stress?  Stress can cause elevated blood pressure, but only in the short term. There are two types of hypertension: primary and secondary. Primary hypertension doesn’t have a known cause, while secondary hypertension can be...

Adjusting to Life With Diabetes Jun 15th, 2021

Did you just find out you have diabetes? Don’t feel alone. It’s estimated that 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year in the United States.  Being diagnosed with diabetes is overwhelming and may trigger a roller coaster of emotions and concerns. Diabetes management requires lifestyle changes that many...

How Nutritional Counseling Can Get Your Health on Track May 7th, 2021

Are you confused by the contradicting advice given by misinformed journalists in the media? Not all studies are well-conducted or well-designed, which allows misinformation to seep in via magazines, blogs, and your favorite TV shows. If you want to take the guessing out of the equation when creating a diet...

4 Reasons to Avoid High Blood Pressure Apr 5th, 2021

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly half of American adults suffer from hypertension. In the United States, almost half a million deaths in 2018 were directly linked to elevated blood pressure.  Although high blood pressure is common, that doesn't mean it’s not dangerous. Below, our...

How Botox Can Give You a Beauty Boost Mar 8th, 2021

Ounce per ounce, anti-aging creams are the most expensive products on the beauty counter. Although creams can trap moisture in the skin and cause wrinkles to look less pronounced, they can’t eliminate wrinkles altogether.  The FDA considers anything that changes the appearance of the skin to be a drug. Legally,...

Understanding Menopause Feb 9th, 2021

Menopause is a natural part of aging. Most women stop having periods between 44 and 55. Some may experience menopause earlier due to medical treatments (e.g., chemotherapy and radiotherapy), autoimmune diseases, and chromosome abnormalities.  Aside from certain conditions and treatments, smoking can also increase your likelihood of experiencing menopause earlier,...

4 Nutrients You May be Missing Jan 28th, 2021

Nutrients are compounds found in foods that are essential to maintaining good health. They regulate chemical processes, provide energy, and enable the body to repair damaged cells.  Nutritional deficiencies are common and can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms. Left untreated, deficiencies can evolve into life-threatening conditions.  Nutrient-depleted soils, heavy...

What Vaccinations Does my Child Need? Dec 2nd, 2020

Along with clean water, improved sanitation, and fresh food, vaccines have played a significant role in reducing child mortality.  Children have weaker immune systems and are more likely to develop complications if they’re unvaccinated. If a child has a dysfunctional immune system, even something as common as the flu can...

5 Advantages of a Sick Visit Nov 5th, 2020

If you have unusual symptoms that interfere with your daily activities, yet they aren’t severe enough to elicit a visit to the emergency room, you may benefit from a sick visit.  During a sick visit, our team at Bethel Family Medicine can diagnose a wide range of illnesses and come...

Depression in Women: When to Seek Support Oct 7th, 2020

Depression is a persistent feeling of sadness, emptiness, and low self-esteem. There isn’t one marker or one blood test that can detect depression, but the condition can quickly cause your life quality to dip and prevent you from enjoying yourself.  Estimates show that depression is more common in women, though...

Will My Face Look Natural After Botox? Sep 14th, 2020

Each time you look in the mirror, you can’t stop noticing the fine lines creeping up in the corner of your eyes. Don’t fret. You have options, Botox® being among the most popular. However, the cosmetic use of Botox was discovered in 1987 by Jean and Alastair Carruthers. The pair...

Understanding Your Blood Pressure Numbers Aug 20th, 2020

High blood pressure can go undetected for years because it often develops without any symptoms. However, a lack of symptoms doesn’t indicate a lack of damage. Left untreated, high blood pressure can silently damage your heart and blood vessels. Fortunately, there are many ways you can keep your blood pressure...

How to Pass Your DOT Physical Jul 27th, 2020

The DOT physical is a medical checkup required for commercial truck drivers to ensure that they’re healthy enough to operate vehicles without putting themselves or others at risk. During a DOT physical, the examiner performs a vision test, hearing test, neurological exam, and he or she also looks for spine...

5 Things to Know About Pap Smears Jun 24th, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer in 2020. Here’s the good news: When caught early, cervical cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 92%.  The most widely used tool for detecting cervical cancer is the Pap smear, a minimally invasive...

Does Your Toddler Have Allergies or a Cold? Here's What to Look For May 21st, 2020

Is your toddler experiencing coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose? Are you struggling to find ways for how to help them find relief?  Some of the symptoms of the common cold overlap with the symptoms of allergic reactions. Spotting the differences between the two becomes increasingly difficult during the spring,...

Am I at Risk for COVID-19? Apr 27th, 2020

As news reports change hourly here in the United States and uncertainty runs rampant, there are many things we do know about COVID-19, especially when it comes to protecting yourself against this novel coronavirus. One of the first questions our patients ask us as health care providers is whether they’re...

Jumpstart Your Weight-loss Plan with Nutritional Counseling Mar 25th, 2020

Losing weight often feels like an uphill battle, especially if you’re often inundated with conflicting pieces of advice.  The statistics don’t look good either: One-third of Americans go on a diet each year, yet obesity rates continue to rise.  So what should you do to find a long-term solution to...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Feb 1st, 2020

Have you ever wondered why it’s harder to cope with emotional hardships as you approach menopause? Although menopause is a period in life when most women have to deal with aging parents and losing family members, hormones can also be to blame for some of the stress and anxiety you...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Jan 1st, 2020

Diabetes impacts at least nine percent of the US population, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the country. Obesity impacts 36% of the US adult population and can lead to some serious health problems, including diabetes. So, what’s the link between the two and what can you...

Could You Have High Blood Pressure and Not Know It? Dec 1st, 2019

The issue of high blood pressure is well-understood. You may be perfectly aware of the condition, and you may even know it runs in your family. However, you may also be blissfully unaware of whether it actually affects you.  This could be due to the fact that, in 2017, guidelines...

The Importance of Getting Your Child's Flu Shot Nov 14th, 2019

The prevalence of flu varies from year to year, accounting for about 10 million to almost 50 million illnesses each season, representing from 5-20% of the American population. In most cases, influenza is medically considered a mild illness, lasting about two weeks and resolving on its own. You may argue...